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. 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

KFC releases fried-chicken scented sunscreen

Because who doesn't want to smell like the Colonel’s 11 herbs and spices at the beach.
Posted In: KFC, sunscreen, fried chicken

How Angela Merkel and Theresa May are the same

Author Matthew Qvortrup on his new book "Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader"
Posted In: Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Germany, brexit european union

Foundation donations put Clinton’s campaign in tight a spot

Tens of millions of dollars in donations from countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Algeria, countries with records of human rights abuses, put Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in a tight spot
Posted In: election 2016; hillary clinton, Clinton foundation, politics

A machine that puts sunscreen on for you, in a snap

Snappy Screen founder Kristen McClellan talks about her invention in the latest installment of our series, "Summer Brought to You By."
Posted In: sunscreen, technology, summer, summer brought to you by

Republican Christopher Shays on why he’s voting for Hillary Clinton

Shays is a member of the Republican Party who served in the House of Representatives for two decades, but he says he won’t vote for Donald Trump.
Posted In: donald trump, hillary clinton, 2016 election, christopher shays

David Malpass on advising Donald Trump

David Malpass advised the Reagan and Bush administrations on economic issues. Now, he's advising Donald Trump.
Posted In: Trump, Economy, malpass, advisor


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