I used to live inside your radio. It was cramped, and a little loud, but much better when we moved away from transistors. For more than three decades, I've been a public radio anchor, reporter, interviewer, and producer. You've heard me hosting Marketplace and NPR's All Things Considered, delivering the news to audiences of up to ten million listeners on a weekly basis. Along the way I also became a contributing writer at the New York Times, the Guardian, and Forbes among other national and international publications. In 2018, I returned stateside after spending nearly three years working, traveling, and writing throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Before that I wrote a book that was published by Penguin Random House. In late 2018, I created and anchored a daily, half-hour special program called "After Paradise" for a local public radio station in the wake of California's deadliest wildfire. For that effort I received a 2019 Gracie Award for Best Host/Anchor, as well as a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage. From in front of the mic, I currently host Pandemic Economics, a podcast from the University of Chicago's Becker Friedman Institute, and recently hosted branded content for Gimlet Media/Spotify. From behind the mic, I'm currently producing and editing the podcast California State of Mind for Sacramento's public radio station, CapRadio.

I'm a voice and pen for hire, available for everything from ghost-and-copywriting to editing and show development... from voiceover and vocal coaching to, of course, audio writing and production (let's make your podcast dreams come true). On these pages you will find samples of my storytelling, much of it money-focused because of more than a decade covering global business and economics and personal finance. But I've also included some celebrity interviews because who doesn't want candy every once in a while? I'm based in Portland, Oregon, and welcome you to contact me at tessvigeland@gmail.com. 

I'm known for my voice, but my pen speaks just as brightly.

Storytelling is the most powerful way 

to put ideas into the world.

Robert McKee


From Joplin Tornado Victims, Advice on Disaster-Proofing Finances

But you can prepare yourself for the possibility, however remote, that something like what happened to the people of Joplin — or New Orleans, or Northridge, Calif., or New York City and the surrounding areas last month — will happen to you. And one of the easiest steps you can take is to disaster-proof your finances. The tornado here caused nearly $3 billion in damage. Some 61,000 insurance claims were filed, with a total payout of more than $2 billion. Of that, 31 percent went to homeowners an
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A global sand grab is wrecking ecosystems and communities around the world

“They never discussed with our community,” Vanna says. “They came to dredge and the land fell down. And the water became deep.” The land “fell down” because the dredging caused the riverbanks to wash away. Now, Vanna says, there are no fish, because without any shallow water, they have nowhere to spawn. On the nearby shore, small, gaunt children dance to a boombox while the adults snack on longan fruit. They, too, have lost their livelihoods. One of the men, Sa Lee, points to the other side o
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The ethical questions that every traveler should ask about poverty tourism

Poverty tourism is in vogue. Well-heeled global travelers now regularly stray off the beaten path with the goal of understanding “real life” in the places they visit, dropping in on Brazil’s favelas and New Orleans’ hurricane-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward. Reports are circulating that Norwegian teens are even participating in a camp that lets them role-play the experiences of real-life refugees—an experience promising to teach young people compassion via “play, fun and joint adventure.” It’s hardly
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