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

Even the President has to deal with crappy Wi-Fi sometimes

Apparently, the White House has a lot of "dead spots"
Posted In: Obama, wifi, white house

American communities are putting themselves back together

The Fallows visited over 50 cities in three years to learn about community in America
Posted In: american futures, Jim Fallows, San Bernardino, Minnesota, local government

Hollywood takes a gamble during TV pilot season

Pilot season in Hollywood means networks vying for new shows.
Posted In: Fox, NBC, CBS, pilots, television, hollywood

The Super Bowl coin toss has a secret history

The Super Bowl coin toss and its connection to Wolf on Wall Street
Posted In: Super Bowl, SB50, coin flip

Weekly Wrap: breaking down the jobs report

Sudeep Reddy and Leigh Gallagher join Kai to recap the week that was.
Posted In: Jobs, jobs report, labor market

My Economy: Educational aspirations in a borderland

Many students in the border region are constantly moving between two countries.
Posted In: Mexico, texas, border, My Economy, El Paso, Juarez
A woman crosses the Sante Fe Bridge at Paso Del Norte, one of three ports of entry connecting El Paso and Juarez.

My Economy: Life between two countries

A couple's lives are split between countries after a traffic stop and deportation.
Posted In: border, U.S. - Mexican border, Mexico, texas, deportation, Immigration
Roughly 20,000 pedestrians cross the border between El Paso and Juarez each day to work, shop and go to school.

My Economy: The divided life of business at the border

When you live on an international border, the global economy is the local economy.
Posted In: El Paso, Juarez, election 2016, border, global economy, Immigration


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