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

Currency traders take a wild ride during Brexit

An experienced trader tells us how they experienced Brexit results
Posted In: Currency trader, Pound, Brexit

The mood in London after Brexit

Stunned. Tense. Complicated.
Posted In: Brexit, European Union, London

Lawrence Summers on Brexit: A wakeup call for elites

The former U.S. Treasury secretary weighs in on the historic decision.
Posted In: Lawrence Summers, Brexit, Trump

Weekly Wrap: Where the economy is heading after Brexit

David Gura and Linnette Lopez join Kai to talk about Brexit.
Posted In: Brexit

What's the mood in London after the Brexit vote?

Marketplace's Stephen Beard lets us know.
Posted In: Brexit, UK

In Germany, industry leaders brace for Brexit vote

How might Britain leaving the EU affect Europe’s biggest economy?

Inside the new One World Trade Center

Judith Dupré takes us through the 1,776-foot-tall skyscraper and looks back at the dozen years it took to plan and develop it.
Posted In: world trade center, architecture, skyscraper, construction, memorials

Celebrities and sports stars weigh in on Brexit

David Beckham votes remain
Posted In: Brexit, UK, EU

Softball has some unlikely origins and an uncertain future

Women who play competitive sports today have fewer opportunities to make it a career
Posted In: softball, baseball, college sports, NCAA, women's sports


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