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

A General Motors logo is shown at the General Motors Technical Center.

Cars: hardware or software?

General Motors says your own car may not be entirely owned by you.
Posted In: General Motors, software, cars
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, Inc. and Chairman of Twitter, holds an event in London in November 2014 where he announced the launch of the Square Register mobile application.

Jack Dorsey: Twitter co-founder, Square CEO, punk

Dorsey founded two multi-billion dollar businesses ... and he isn't 40 yet.
Posted In: Twitter, Square, Jack Dorsey, ceo, corner office
Marketplace's Ben Johnson takes (virtual) flight using the simulator Birdly.

Taking virtual reality beyond video games

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson flew over New York and lived to tell us about it
Posted In: simulator, flying, technology

The job application for Al-Qaeda

The U.S. Government declassified documents found in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
Posted In: Osama bin Laden, documents, declassified
Max Dawson was the fifth contestant to be eliminated on this season of  Survivor.

Northwestern professor is a real 'Survivor'

Max Dawson's class on the economics of the reality show wins him an invitation.
Posted In: Survivor, Northwestern University, reality television
Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

America's infrastructure isn't sexy

What it'll take to put America's infrastructure back in the lead.
Posted In: infrastructure, repair, air travel, highways, roads, Transportation
Tic Tac plans on releasing a new mint product that changes flavors.

Tic Tac to release mint flavor geared toward millennials

The mint company will try to stay fresh with its new Tic Tac Mixers.
Posted In: Tic Tac, millennials, candy
Breakdancers in Cambodia.

The global influence of hip hop and breakdancing

Filmmaker Adam Sjöberg chronicles the lives of b-boys and girls around the world.
Posted In: hip-hop, youth, poverty, dance, international
FIFA president Joseph Blatter (R) speaks after Qatar is chosen to host the 2022 World Cup at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich in December 2010.

What Qatar doesn't want you to know about the 2022 World Cup

BBC journalist Mark Lobel was detained for investigating Qatari labor camps.

The dark side of online education

Pakistani company Axact is making millions by selling fake diplomas.
Posted In: online education, Pakistan, scams

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