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. 

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



Features by Kai Ryssdal

That Trump vs. Sanders debate is already off

Too good to be true? Debatable, but it's not happening either way.
Posted In: Bernie Sanders, donald trump, 2016 election, debate

A battle for the airwaves that ruined a friendship

A conversation with Scott Woolley, author of "The Network."
Posted In: history, radio, RCA

Kimojis, Sheenojis...Kaimojis?

Everyone's getting on the custom emoji bandwagon. Why not Kai?
Posted In: emoji, emojis, Kim Kardashian, Charlie Sheen

What teachers in Greece think about the latest bailout

Many students don’t see a future for themselves in Greece, according to two educators.
Posted In: Greece, bailout

Global productivity numbers are in — cue the sad trombone sounds

The rates stays low, even years after the recession. Is this the new normal or a bad sign for the economy?
Posted In: productivity, Economy

The Internet is just "the internet" now

The New York Times and Associated Press won't capitalize it anymore.
Posted In: Internet, New York Times, Associated Press

Kids won’t eat their apples? Try slicing them

Researchers from Cornell University found slicing apples boosts consumption by 70 percent.
Posted In: apples, Roberto Fredman, Cornell University

Does the world need more podcasts?

Producer Jenna Weiss Berman bets "yes."
Posted In: podcasting, pineapple, weiss-berman

Lufthansa will sell you a mystery flight

Because what eases air travel stress like not knowing where you're going?
Posted In: Lufthansa, air travel

Are chip implants the payment method of the future?

BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel had an RFID chip implanted in his hand and lived to talk about it.
Posted In: mobile payment, microchips, Credit card, apple pay


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