Millicent Jefferson is the director and an associate producer for Marketplace. Jefferson is responsible for daily direction of the show in addition to producing news Qs, host features and regular segments. She also oversees show interns and manages the diverse pool of both sources and voices represented on air. Jefferson’s recent efforts include producing the “State of the Black Union” series, in addition to several Marketplace live shows from remote locations.
A self-described taskmaster with an eye for details, Jefferson joined Marketplace in 2008. Prior to joining Marketplace, Jefferson began her career at American Public Media as an intern, then became a producer for radio and web with Weekend America. She’s worked at Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, contributed to ABCs “Good Morning America,” Current TV and many other broadcast outlets.
Before starting her career in journalism, Jefferson taught fourth and fifth grade students at the Los Angeles Unified School District tackling standard, summer school and special education teaching curriculums.
Jefferson attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Later, she obtained her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.