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.  


Features by Tess Vigeland

Why so many movie flops?

Seen any good movies lately? There have been a lot of flops again in the past year, including the new version of "The Producers." Tess Vigeland speaks to author James Parish, who's written a history of the Hollywood flop.

Corporate bankruptcies

More companies are likely to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy this year than last. Tess Vigeland looks at why.

Closing the book on Chapter 11

As United Airlines emerges from bankruptcy protection today, Tess Vigeland looks ahead to what the airline industry should look like once other bankrupt carriers follow suit.

Curtain rises on Enron trial

Jury selection is scheduled today in the biggest corporate corruption scandal since the Lincoln Savings and Loan debacle. But as Tess Vigeland reports, it won't be a slamdunk for prosecutors.

Chipotle IPO

Shares of fast-food chain Chipotle doubled today after its IPO. But even though Chiptole's debuting on the markets, the company remains under the control of its corporate parent, McDonald's. Tess Vigeland finds out why the Golden Arches is cutting part of Chipotle loose.
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No loans for commercial takings

BB&T Bank, the ninth largest US Bank, has refused to loan money to commercial projects built on private land seized under eminent domain. The move is in response to a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the practice. Tess Vigeland looks at whether other banks will follow suit.

Realtors in a housing slowdown

The country's largest real estate trade group says sales of previously owned homes dropped last month by 5.7% -- the third straight monthly decline. We've been wondering about how this will affect real estate agents, so Tess Vigeland went house-hunting with some of them.

Casting a wider net

First there was UPN and The WB. Now, there will be The CW. Today, the two struggling TV networks announced a merger. Tess Vigeland has the story.

Hang on to your BlackBerry...

The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the patent dispute over the popular BlackBerry wireless e-mail device. The justices sent the case back to a lower-level judge, who could shut off the service for millions of customers. Tess Vigeland reports.

CBS teams with Pontiac on 'micro-series'

Today the network debuts a new type of advertising in which serial TV and the 60-second ad spot become one. Tess Vigeland breaks it down.


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