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Tess Vigeland was the host of Marketplace Money, a weekly personal finance program that looks at why we do what we do with our money: your life, with dollar signs. Vigeland and her guests took calls from listeners to answer their most vexing money management questions, and the program helps explain what the latest business and financial news means to our wallets and bank accounts. Vigeland joined Marketplace in September 2001, as a host of Marketplace Morning Report. She rose at o-dark-thirty to deliver the latest in business and economic news for nearly four years before returning briefly to reporting and producing. She began hosting Marketplace Money in 2006 and ended her run as host in November of 2012. . Vigeland was also a back-up host for Marketplace. Prior to joining the team at Marketplace, Vigeland reported and anchored for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, where she received a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award for her coverage of the political scandal involving Senator Bob Packwood (R-Ore.). She co-hosted the weekly public affairs program Seven Days on OPB television, and also produced an hour-long radio documentary about safety issues at the U.S. Army chemical weapons depot in Eastern Oregon. Vigeland next served as a reporter and backup anchor at WBUR radio in Boston. She also spent two years as a sports reporter for NPR’s Only a Game. For her outstanding achievements in journalism, Vigeland has earned numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Vigeland has a bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is a contributor to The New York Times and is a volunteer fundraiser for the Pasadena Animal League and Pasadena Humane Society. In her free time, Vigeland studies at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, continuing 20-plus years of training as a classical pianist.  

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Features by Tess Vigeland

'Middle class' to melt away at political conventions

We've heard a lot in recent years about the disappearing middle class. Well, anyone attending either the Republican or Democratic National Conventions will be able to watch it happen.
Posted In: conventions

How to talk about money every week

Financial planner Jude Boudreaux doesn't think it's enough for couples to talk about money once a month. He thinks they should discuss finances every week.
Posted In: Personal Finance, planning, couples

Bringing fresh food to all of New Orleans

Actor Wendell Pierce gives an update on his goal of bringing a chain of fresh food grocery stores to New Orleans.
Posted In: Wendell Pierce, New Orleans, groceries

New Orleans' housing market recovery

A long-time real estate agent in New Orleans talks about the strides made and the challenges being faced in the housing market there.
Posted In: New Orleans, real estate, housing market, Hurricane Katrina

Hello lover: Women and their shoes

A survey showed that more women remembered their first pair of heels but not the name of their first love. Author Rachelle Bergstein examines the history of the relationship between women and shoes in her book "Women from the Ankle Down."
Posted In: fashion, shoes, women

Who is responsible for foreclosed homes?

An LAPD police officer gives a tour of his precinct in Watts and the blight foreclosed homes have wrought upon the neighborhood. The City of Los Angeles says the banks who own the homes should be responsible for the upkeep of the foreclosures.
Posted In: foreclosures, los angeles, Watts, blight, Banks

A dream house of stucco and sheet metal

Architect Jayna Cooper built her ideal home -- while sticking to a tight budget and using basic construction materials.
Posted In: House, real estate, construction

Mormons and provident living

The Church of Latter-Day Saints shares many of the same principals as other faiths -- such as help others -- but there is a particular emphasis on self-reliance, or 'provident living,' for Mormons.
Posted In: religion, Mormons, Church of Latter-Day Saints, tithing, Education

Islam and money

The first in our series about money and religion, we look at how Muslims view and deal with money. Learn more about Islamic law regarding debt, investments and tithing.
Posted In: Muslim, Islam, debt, interest, tithing, spending

A saving-and-spending balancing act

Our Marketplace Money Piggy Bank Award goes to 10-year-old Anna Pitman, who is learning the balance between the joy of spending and the pride of saving.
Posted In: piggy bank award, Saving, Kids and money

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