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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

Farming in the hottest city in the country

Hill City, Kansas, has been seeing temperatures reach as high as 115 degrees for several days. Ace Billups, a farmer there, talks about the heat's impact on his business.
Posted In: farming, heat waves, Agriculture

Los Angeles police to use program to predict crimes

It's straight out of the Tom Cruise film, "Minority Report."
Posted In: lapd, Crime, police

The health care mandate and your wallet

The Supreme Court ruled that President Obama's health care mandate is constitutional. So what does that mean for citizens?
Posted In: Adriene Hill, Taxes, IRS, Affordable Care Act, scotus

The lessons of losing everything

A couple who lost almost everything in the Colorado wildfire talks about how they prepared for a natural disaster and how they keep a positive attitude.
Posted In: fire, station fire, evacuation

What would you take from your burning house?

If your home was suddenly ablaze, what would you save from the flames? A photographer, who collects photos of people's "burning house" possessions, talks about what people's choices say about them.
Posted In: fire, wildfire, home

Starting financial education young

What lessons can be learned from a fourth-grade economics class taught by high school seniors?
Posted In: kids, financial education

To a daughter who made her mom proud

A proud mom nominates her daughter, who weathered a year of unemployment, for this week’s Piggy Award.
Posted In: Unemployment, frugality

How personal finance is factoring into the election

In this installment of Money Matters, we look at the economics of democracy: whether our personal finances are having an effect in this year's major political election.
Posted In: Money Matters

Fires claim Colorado Springs icon

The Flying W is not just a ranch and restaurant -- it's an institution. Aaron Winter, the Flying W's director of sales and marketing, talks about what's next.
Posted In: colorado, wildfire

Stockton: Largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy

Stockton's Vice Mayor Kathy Miller has lived in the California city for 15 years. She talks about what the bankruptcy will mean for residents.
Posted In: stockton, bankruptcy

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