Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace. He speaks regularly with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, startup entrepreneurs, small business owners and everyday participants in the American and global economies.
Kai’s also interviewed President Barack Obama four times. Since joining the flagship broadcast in 2005, he has hosted from China, the Middle East, Europe and dozens of cities across the United States. Kai 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 worked 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. 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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