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.


Features by Millie Jefferson

How a humble stray dog helped launch Instagram

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on his company's short history and bright future.
Posted In: instagram, photography, startup
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks with a reporter during a 2013 event at Facebook headquarters.

Change comes to Facebook one hire at a time

How company's global director of diversity is trying to live up to her job title.
Posted In: diversity, Facebook, workplace diversity, Silicon Valley

Clarissa explained it all ... now she's 38

The Marketplace Datebook for Friday, April 18, 2014
Posted In: Melissa Joan Hart, Good Friday

Mama may have, Papa may have...

Marketplace Datebook for April 4, 2014

Oscar Micheaux: First to put black films on the silver screen

Micheaux incorporated African Americans from casting to funding to production
Posted In: Oscar Micheaux, inventors, film, black history month

Marketplace Music: Our very own music station

Listen to some of our favorite tunes.
Posted In: Music

Like the music? Marketplace's music curators share their favorites

Marketplace’s music curators share the art of picking the perfect bridge in between stories about personal finance and the economy.
Posted In: Music

Marketplace's at-bat playlist: We're in the money?

With Major League Baseball's All-Star Weekend upon us, we want to hear what would get people pumped up at the plate.
Posted In: baseball, MLB, Music

Six diet-related lifestyle changes: Which works for you?

Gluten-free diets are picking up steam, but they're not alone. We pin six more common lifestyle and diet changes.
Posted In: diet, Health

A playlist for the sequester

We asked for songs that reflect your feelings about the sequester -- and you recommended everything from Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" to The Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House." Listen to the full playlist now.
Posted In: Music, sequester, sequestration


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