Emma Vigeland is an American journalist, political correspondent, and news producer. She is presently affiliated with the TYT (The Young Turks) Network. A native of New Jersey, Vigeland studied at Kent Place School before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in “Government & Law” at Lafayette College. She graduated in 2016 and joined TYT as a political intern in June that year. Quickly rising through the ranks, she became a political correspondent and news producer in August. She had been a long-time fan of TYT before joining them and found Cenk Uygur’s coverage of 2016 election to be refreshingly honest amidst a sea of mainstream media hot air. She serves as the main host of the network’s political content channel, TYT Politics/Rebel HQ. Vigeland has garnered a positive reputation for reporting on political corruption, exposing conservative hypocrisy, and covering grassroots progressive movements all over US.
While Emma Vigeland was still attending high school, she worked as a Constituent Services Intern at the office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand between June and August 2011. Later, after enrolling at Lafayette College, she was employed as an office assistant at Mierop Design in Montclair, New Jersey from June to August 2012. Between June and August 2013, she worked at the Super Scoop Restaurant in Glen Ridge as a sales associate. She was a legal intern at Morvillo LLP in New York City from June to August 2014. During the next semester, she was employed at the Hunter College as an intern for the office of legal affairs.
Vigeland first developed an interest in the TYT Network when she watched its founder Cenk Uygur’s refreshingly straightforward coverage of the 2016 US Presidential election. By contrast, the mainstream media continued to focus upon the same issues that have been “regurgitated in Washington over and over again”. She joined TYT in June 2016 as a political intern. In August 2016, she was given a permanent position in the organisation as a political correspondent and news producer.
Vigeland has often described herself as a “political junkie” and has already made a name for herself for reporting on political corruption, covering grassroots progressive movements all over the country, and exposing conservative hypocrisy. She interviewed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in April 2018 and spoke to her about her then-ongoing campaign to be the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district.
Vigeland is the main host of Rebel HQ (formerly TYT Politics), the network’s political content channel.
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Family & Personal Life
Emma Vigeland was born on April 18, 1994, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA and grew up along with a sister, who is three years younger than her. In 2006, she began studying at Kent Place School, which is an all-girls institution in Summit, New Jersey. After graduating in 2012, she enrolled at Lafayette College, a private liberal arts college in Easton, Pennsylvania to study 'Government & Law'. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2016, graduating cum laude. While she was attending Lafayette, she was included in the dean’s list as well as the honours list in “Government & Law.” Furthermore, she was part of the political science honours society Pi Sigma Alpha. Between January and December 2014, she served as the director of civic management of Panhellenic Council. Since 2013, she has been the New Membership Chairperson of the Zeta Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Her bachelor’s thesis was on campaign finance reform, which she believes to be one of the primary problems to resolve in the present political climate. She is an avid sports fan and supports the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL), New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). She has also been a fan of the HBO fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’ and declared her allegiance to the House Targaryen. Some of her guilty pleasures are reading celebrity gossip and obsessively watching awards shows. She currently lives in New York City.
Between September 2013 and May 2016, she did volunteer work as a literacy reader at a non-profit organization called Reading Is Fundamental.