Kai Ryssdal

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 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, startup entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday participants in the American and global economies. He’s also interviewed the current leader of the free world four times and counting. 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.

Kai’s 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. He 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. 

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Features by Kai Ryssdal

Google might make minivans cool

Because self-driving vans are hipper than regular vans?
Posted In: Google, auto industry, cars, Chrysler

America gets its first group of climate refugees

Federal funds are being used to relocate a community in Louisiana and climate change is to blame
Posted In: climate change, refugees

'OITNB' star was alone at age 14 after parents were deported

Actress Diane Guerrero discusses immigration from a personal perspective.
Posted In: orange is the new black, netflix, memoirs, Immigration, deportation, Colombia

Starbucks got sued for putting too much ice in its drinks

A 24 oz. drink only really has 14 oz. of liquid, according to a complaint filed in Chicago.
Posted In: starbucks, lawsuit

Explaining America’s productivity downturn

The New York Times’s Neil Irwin has three ideas.

Finland is saving their postal service, one lawn at a time

The country is cutting lawns to cut costs.

Weekly Wrap: Why the Fed hasn't raised interest rates again

Catherine Rampell and John Carney join Kai to recap the week that was.
Posted In: The Fed, interest rates, China, apple

Former Greek finance minister wants to keep Europe out of an economic ‘abyss’

Yanis Varoufakis talks about his new book: “And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future.”
Posted In: Greece, Greek crisis, EU, Europe


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