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.  


Features By Kai Ryssdal



Producers try to keep fish sticks from going under water

Kids aren't eating them, and neither is Kai.
Posted In: fish, frozen food
National Geographic Cover

What happens when there are 9 billion mouths to feed

This month's National Geographic explores why 2 billion extra mouths could mean disaster.

Beer: Saving a town from drought

A brewery steps in when a town's given a grave diagnosis.
Posted In: beer, California drought 2014

We're paying more to pay taxes

Inflation in the tax preparation and accounting fees category is up 5.1 percent
Posted In: Taxes, inflation
Chicken Corsage

Kentucky fried prom corsages

How to (literally) chicken out on prom.

Marketing the moon

How a marketing campaign helped the U.S. win the space race.
Posted In: moon, NASA

In which the government acknowledges Google

Senate Bill 2206 was introduced last week, cited as the Let Me Google That For You Act.
Posted In: Google. Coburn

Nasdaq'ed: tech slide continues

It was a rough week for tech and bio-tech stocks.
Posted In: Tech, biotech, Earnings

The GPS trade-off: Get lost less often, but lose privacy

Hiawatha Bray explains the hidden costs of your Google Maps app.
Posted In: consumer privacy, gps
Toby - The Office

Look out, Human Resources departments

Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School says nixing HR's a bad idea.
Posted In: human resources


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