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Portrait of Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal

Host and Senior Editor


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. He also co-hosts the spinoff podcast Make Me Smart with Kimberly Adams. Before hosting Marketplace, he was host of the Marketplace Morning Report, a seven-minute business roundup, as well as the weekend program Marketplace Money. He speaks regularly with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners, and everyday participants in the American and global economies. Before joining Marketplace, he was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California by KQED. Before his career in broadcasting, he served in the United States Navy and the United States Foreign Service. He’s received a BA in history from Emory University and an MA in national security studies from Georgetown University.