Tess Vigeland is a veteran journalist, and a well-known voice to millions of American radio listeners. She is the CEO of Tess Vigeland Productions, a Los Angeles-based multi-media company. Her first book, Leap: Leaving A Job With No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want, was published by Random House in August of 2015.
When she’s not locked away writing, Tess can be heard as a backup anchor for NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as KCRW’s To The Point and KPCC’s Take Two. She also serves as a professional emcee, speaker, panel moderator, and interviewer for conferences and other events. She has also written for The New York Times and The Guardian, among numerous other publications.
Until November 2012, Tess was the host of Marketplace Money, a nationally-broadcast, weekly personal finance. She and her guests took calls from listeners to answer their most vexing money management questions, and helped explain the latest business and financial news. Tess traveled the country for live stage shows of Marketplace and Marketplace Money. She was the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education.
Tess joined Marketplace in September 2001, as a host of the overnight series of newscasts called the Marketplace Morning Report. She began hosting Marketplace Money in 2006, and also served as the primary back-up host for Marketplace.
Prior to joining the team at Marketplace, Tess 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. Tess next served as a reporter and backup anchor at WBUR radio in Boston, where 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. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She also served as the voice of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses digital program guide for the 125th Rose Parade®.
Tess is an avid gardener, classical pianist, and world traveler, and is currently teaching herself photography. She is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and now resides in Los Angeles.