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Kai Ryssdal (/ˈk ˈrɪzdɑːl/; born October 8, 1963[1]) is an American radio journalist and the host of Marketplace, a business program that airs weekdays on U.S. public radio stations. He also co-hosts the spinoff podcast Make Me Smart with Molly Wood.

Kai Ryssdal
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Born (1963-10-08) October 8, 1963 (age 56)
Children3 sons, 1 daughter

 United States Navy
Years of service1985-1993

Marketplace is produced and distributed by American Public Media. Ryssdal took over in August 2005,[2] replacing David Brown. Before hosting Marketplace, he was host of the Marketplace Morning Report, a seven-minute business roundup, as well as the weekend program Marketplace Money.


Ryssdal is from Briarcliff Manor, New York.[1] His surname is Norwegian, as his father was born in Norway.[3] He spent much of his childhood in England and Denmark.[4] He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1985, and then spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, first flying a Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye[5] from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, and later as a Pentagon staff officer. Ryssdal received his MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 1993, and joined the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Beijing, China.[1][6]

Before joining Marketplace, Ryssdal was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California by KQED-FM in San Francisco.[6]

The Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association have honored him with awards for his radio work.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Boyd, E.B. (January 28, 2009). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, KAI RYSSDAL, MARKETPLACE HOST/SENIOR EDITOR?". Mediabistro. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Kai Ryssdal - Host of Marketplace (Biography)". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ Galehouse, Maggie (September 12, 2014). "Let's do the numbers! Marketplace and Kai Ryssdal head to Houston". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Ball, Sarah. "Thirteen Things You Didn't Know About Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal". The Hive. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ "On the Red Couch with Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal". Flipboard. April 18, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "'Dream Job' Profile of Kai Ryssdall - Emory Magazine". Retrieved 13 October 2014.

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Preceded by
David Brown
Host of Marketplace
Succeeded by