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 Kimberly Adams.[2]

Kai Ryssdal
Ryssdal in 2015
Born (1963-10-08) October 8, 1963 (age 60)
Alma materEmory University (BA)
Georgetown University (MA)
Stephanie Fossan
(m. 1997)
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1985–1993

Marketplace is produced and distributed by American Public Media. Ryssdal took over in August 2005,[3] 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.

Early life and education edit

Ryssdal is from Briarcliff Manor, New York.[1] His surname is Norwegian, as his father was born in Norway.[4] He spent several years of his childhood in England and Denmark[5][6] before moving back to the United States at age eight, living in Westchester County, New York.[6] He graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1985. Ryssdal received his Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 1993.

Career edit

Ryssdal in 1985 at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island

After graduating from college, Ryssdal spent eight years in the United States Navy, first flying a Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye[7] from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, and later as a Pentagon staff officer. After earning his Master's degree, Ryssdal 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-Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association have honored him with awards for his radio work.[6]

References edit

  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. ^ "Marketplace Looks Within for New Make Me Smart Co-Host". American Public Media. 2022-03-15.
  3. ^ "Kai Ryssdal - Host of Marketplace (Biography)". Marketplace.org. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ Galehouse, Maggie (September 12, 2014). "Let's do the numbers! Marketplace and Kai Ryssdal head to Houston". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Ball, Sarah. "Thirteen Things You Didn't Know About Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal". The Hive. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  6. ^ a b c d e "'Dream Job' Profile of Kai Ryssdall - Emory Magazine". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  7. ^ "On the Red Couch with Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal". Flipboard. April 18, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2016.

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Succeeded by