Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy – radio or television, commercial or public broadcasting – in the country.

Since joining the flagship Marketplace broadcast in 2005, Kai has hosted the program from China, the Middle East, and dozens of cities – big and small – across the United States.  Kai speaks regularly with CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday participants in the American and global economies.  He’s interviewed the leader of the free world twice – once in the Oval Office and once on a folding chair in the middle of the Nevada desert.  Kai first came to Marketplace in 2001 as the host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he covered the economic aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the collapse of Enron, and the slow buildup to the housing crash, the financial crisis, and the Great Recession.

His one and only big-time journalism award was, as it happens, for television; a 2012 Emmy for investigative journalism on a PBS FRONTLINE documentary about money in politics called Big Sky, Big Money.  Kai has appeared often on CNN, CNBC and CBS News.  His written work has been featured in The New York Times and The Atlantic.   

Before his career in broadcasting, Kai spent eight years in the United States Navy, flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and, later, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.  He also served in the United States Foreign Service, with postings to Ottawa, Canada and Beijing, China. Kai is a graduate of Emory University and Georgetown University.

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

The Duke Blue Devils celebrate as their mascot runs on the floor after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ESPN doubles as the Grinch

Twelve-year-old Sam Holtz just wants his prize already.
Posted In: March Madness, espn, basketball

Curiosity changed Brian Grazer's life

The Oscar-winning producer says his success comes asking the right questions.
Posted In: movie, television

One pair of Rand Paul flip flops, please

The candidate's shop is up and running. Plus, the demographics of the IRS.
Posted In: Rand Paul, presidential candidates, presidential campaign, campaign signs, election 2016
CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chavez.

Selling Girl Scout cookies in the digital age

CEO Anna Maria Chávez on upgrading the organization for tech-savvy girls.
Posted In: Girl Scouts, CEOs, leadership, cookies, girl scout cookies, digital
The land of the 48 contiguous states is worth about $23 trillion.

Landing on a value for the United States

Mapping out how much the United States is worth.
Posted In: united states, US, real estate, property

China, the economy and Xi Jinping's strategy

The president of China takes over every formal power structure in the country.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, Mao
Paul Walker appears alongside fellow actors Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris in a still for the 2015 film, Furious 7.

CGI brings Paul Walker back to life in "Furious 7"

It's the latest in Hollywood's attempts to make a believable digital actor.
Posted In: CGI, hollywood, film, movies
New report finds employees look elsewhere to get away from a bad boss.

New report finds 64 percent of managers "disengaged"

A new poll out from Gallup says half of all employees in this country have, at some point or another, quit their jobs to get away from a bad boss.
Posted In: employees, boss, Gallup

The business of climbing rocks

Indoor climbing makes big money, and it's getting more popular.
Posted In: rock climbing, millennials, Sports, new yorker

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