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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

Redefining 'billfold'

A Los Angeles origami exhibit features an installation made completely out of sheets of uncut U.S. dollar bills.
Posted In: origami, dollar bill, currency, art

Marketing Olympians

There's glory in the winning gold, but possibly even better is for an athlete to land a well-paying sponsorship in the years leading up to and after the Olympics. But gold doesn't always mean green for athletes.
Posted In: London Olympics, business of sports, sponsorship, endorsements

Olympian priorities: Gold or green?

Thirty-five-year-old Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto talks about struggling in the pursuit of gold.
Posted In: London Olympics, Jamie Nieto, high jump, Personal Finance, sponsorship, spending

Bark or bite: Credit reporting agencies get watchdog

Around 40 percent of credit reports have mistakes on them -- and it is a pain to get them fixed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it will start scrutinizing credit reporting agencies.
Posted In: Richard Cordray, credit report, credit score, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Father knows best

Piggy will be headed to paradise, to the home of one listener who took the financially sound advice of a TV dad.
Posted In: Savings, dad, parents, advice

Americans getting risky with their 401(k)s

Americans are trying to recoup losses from the recession by gambling with their retirement accounts.
Posted In: Retirement, 401(k)

Money Matters: Beware the 'financial adviser'

Important read in today's issue of The New York Times by sometimes Marketplace Money contributor Tara Siegel Bernard: A Fancy Financial Adviser Title Does Not Ensure High Standards.

For more on the differernce between what Bernard describes as a "glorified salesman pushing a particular fund" vs. "a true investment adviser who is required to act in your best interest" watch Paddy Hirsch explain the role of a fiduciary in his Whiteboard explainer.

Are you spending your 4th of July differently this year?

Is the bad economy or the bad weather going to affect your holiday plans this year? Let us know.
Posted In: 4th of July

So you want to be a farmer...

Thanks to a commodity boom and advanced computer technology, farming is a pretty big business these days -- for some.
Posted In: farming, farms

Why you should delay: The upsides to procrastination

Author Frank Partnoy on how slowing down in a fast-paced world can actually help with decision making.
Posted In: waiting, delay

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