Kai Ryssdal has been the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy, since 2005. He joined American Public Media in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryssdal began in public radio as a intern, then reporter and finally substitute host for The California Report at KQED-FM in San Francisco. After graduating from Emory University, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Ryssdal was a member of the United States Foreign Service in Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.


Please direct all media inquiries and booking requests to communications@americanpublicmedia.org.  

 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

Cubicles: The little office space that could

New York magazine celebrates the cubicle, "your nest in a larger home."
Posted In: cubicles, office
An Emiota representative wears Belty, a smart belt, at the 2015 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Meet Belty, a smart belt that expands with your waist

At consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, wearable tech is a trend.
Posted In: smart belt, belty, CES, wearable tech
That's chicken: Plates of wings piled up.

Why chicken wings cost more this time of year

With the Super Bowl and March Madness around the corner, expect to pay more.
Posted In: chicken, Super Bowl, March Madness
President Barack Obama, shirts and tourist tchotchkes are on display at Souvenir World, a gift shop open to the public in Washington D.C.

Shop at your favorite federal agency's gift shop

The FBI, CIA, and all the rest have their very own stores.

How an oil rush made LA the city it is today

After first oil well was drilled in 1892, derricks became a symbol of Los Angeles.
Posted In: Oil, oil well, los angeles
Pumpjacks and wells are at work in an oil field near McKittrick, California.

The future of oil and gas after the boom

The price of oil is dropping. Good news or bad news?
Posted In: Oil, gas
A packaging machine sorts crayons while moving them toward individual boxes at Binney and Smith, maker of Crayola crayons.

100 uses for petroleum – and counting

Maybe we should be asking what isn't made from a barrel of oil.
Posted In: petroleum, petroleum products, Oil, barrel of oil
Oil workers on a rig in Midland County, Texas.

How the oil boom woke up a Texas town

Kai talks with Adrian DeLeon, the mayor of Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Posted In: Oil, texas, fracking, eagle ford shale

Farmers feel ripple effects of the oil boom

Kai Ryssdal talks to commercial grain farmer Curt Mowery.
Posted In: farmers, Oil, oil prices

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