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

VCRs are about to be officially out of production

The last maker will press 'Stop' later this month.
Posted In: VCRs

Weekly Wrap: What is Donald Trump's economic vision?

Nela Richardson and David Gura join Kai for this edition of the Weekly Wrap.
Posted In: RNC, donald trump

Overcoming racial and economic struggle in Philadelphia, Mississippi

The DNC starts Monday in the other Philadelphia, but we've traveled far from the convention to find out about poverty in the South.
Posted In: Philadelphia, Mississippi; Civil Rights, race, Economic Opprotunity

The Edelmans: 50 years of fighting for equality

The couple who met on Kennedy's Delta tour and have carried on his torch for change.
Posted In: poverty, racism, South

Facebook is aiming higher to try and connect the world

Its Aquila plane — a solar-powered, wi-fi-beaming drone — will be deployed in fleets and fly for months, if Zuckerberg has his way.
Posted In: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Trump says no military aid for countries with trade deficits

In an interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump expanded on his foreign policy platform.
Posted In: 2016 election, donald trump

Ford and tequila — an unlikely paring

The auto company is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to make sustainable car parts
Posted In: tequila, jose cuervo, Ford

Americans don't want landscaping jobs

One in three Americans who have a lawn have paid a landscaper to maintain it. But few Americans want landscaping jobs and that's creating problems for the landscaping industry.
Posted In: Jobs, landscaping, visas


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