Contact: David O’Neil
American Public Media’s Marketplace Money Announces Host Tess Vigeland is Leaving
(SAINT PAUL, Minnesota & Los Angeles, California – August 17, 2012) American Public Media today announced Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland has shared her intention to leave at the end of November. She will continue to have a role as a contributor to Marketplace, extending a relationship of more than a decade.
Since Vigeland became host of Marketplace Money in 2006, the show’s audience has grown by almost 40 percent, to more than 750,000 weekly listeners. She was the most visible part of a partnership with The New York Times, producing stories for both outlets. Vigeland also was an important stabilizing presence during the financial crisis of 2008-9, when calls and letters from nervous listeners quadrupled.
“From my days as a cub reporter in the early 90’s, I knew I wanted to someday work at Marketplace. Any show that had that much fun on the air had to be a great place to do the news (not to mention “The Numbers”),î said Vigeland. “I got my wish, and the last decade-plus has been extraordinary. I arrived two weeks after 9/11, and have since shared a journey with our audience through war, economic boom and bust, corporate scandals, stock market mayhem, and the Great Recession. Even through all that, we still did manage to have fun. It’s been an honor, and I will miss our listeners more than I can express.”
Vigeland joined Marketplace in September 2001, as a host of Marketplace Morning Report. She delivered the latest in business and economic news for nearly four years before returning briefly to reporting and producing. Vigeland also is back-up host for Marketplace.
“One of the many great things about working with Tess has been her unflagging desire to challenge herself – and by extension, the show – to do new things. Whether it was a live show in Portland, Oregon on kids and money or hosting one of our specials from a car; that ambition has been infectious and fun. And it will be great to have her continued contributions to the shows, as she moves forward into the next chapter of her career,” said Marketplace Executive Producer, Deborah Clark.
In her more than 20-year journalism career, 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.
To find where you can tune-in Marketplace in your area, visit Marketplace.org and click on “Shows”, or listen on demand via the website.
Marketplace is produced and distributed by American Public Media (APM), in association with the University of Southern California. Public radio consists of more than 900 individually owned and operated public radio stations (or regional systems of stations). American Public Media is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio reaching 16 million listeners via nearly 800 radio stations nationwide each week. In addition to APM, Public Radio International and National Public Radio distribute and produce national programs. For more information on Marketplace visit marketplace.org. For more information on American Public Media visit publicradio.org.
About American Public Media
American Public Media is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio reaching over 17 million listeners via more than 800 radio stations nationwide each week. Programs include A Prairie Home Companion, BBC World Service, Marketplace, Performance Today, The Splendid Table, On Being, American RadioWorks and many others. American Public Media’s 140,000 member-strong Public Insight Network promotes deep connections between journalists across the country and the communities they serve. American Public Media is the parent organization for Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and Classical South Florida. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at www.americanpublicmedia.org. Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only. Spring 2011/Fall 2011 average.