|Born||October 8, 1963|
|Spouse(s)||Stephanie Fossan (m. 1997)|
|Children||3 sons, 1 daughter|
Marketplace is produced and distributed by American Public Media. Ryssdal took over in August 2005, 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. 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.
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.
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- "'Dream Job' Profile of Kai Ryssdall - Emory Magazine". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
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