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Kai Ryssdal

Kai Ryssdal
Born (1963-10-08) October 8, 1963 (age 52)
Show Marketplace
Spouse(s) Stephanie Fossan (m. 1997)
Children 3 sons, 1 daughter

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.

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] He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1985, and then spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, first flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. 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, Canada, and Beijing, China.[1][3]

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.[3]

The Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association have honored him with awards for his radio work.[3]


  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. ^ a b c "'Dream Job' Profile of Kai Ryssdall - Emory Magazine". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
Preceded by
David Brown
Host of Marketplace
Succeeded by