CNBC business news reporter Jane Wells is based in Los Angeles, where she covers retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California's economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas. Wells also writes the blog Funny Business for CNBC.com covering a variety of unusual items. Wells came from CNBC's "Upfront Tonight," where she served as a senior correspondent.
Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for "Rivera Live." Prior to joining CNBC, she was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Los Angeles reporter for NBC's flagship television station, WNBC, in New York. Her television news career includes reporter positions with KTTV, Los Angeles; WTVJ, Miami; and KOB, Albuquerque. She has also contributed international reports for CNN.
Wells has received numerous honors for her work, including a 1992 Peabody Award and duPont Award for her role in the live coverage of the Rodney King Trial. That same year, she earned a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting. She also has received UPI, Press Club and Emmy Awards for feature reporting; three Florida Emmy Awards for news reporting; and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for team reporting.
Wells holds bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and philosophy from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors. She and her husband have two children and live in Los Angeles.
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I have my first photos from the free beer party that skater shoe firm Etnies threw behemoth adidas last night in Portland, Oregon. Etnies decided to bring a little Santa cheer to Portland after hearing that Adidas canceled all holiday festivities this year to save more than $6 million in money.
The company says the fridge was always $1,500, but it was originally on sale for 20 percent off (hence the $1,200). At some point on or before Black Friday, the discount was changed to only 15 percent off. This doesn't explain why the salesperson told Rich's wife the price was never $1,200, only to be embarrassed when she produced written proof.
As promised, posted here is the taped story on how skater shoe maker Etnies is playing Santa to rivals at Adidas. I broke the story yesterday that the privately held Etnies, which competes more directly with Quiksilver and Volcom is exploiting the cost cutting woes of a really big shoemaker, adidas, which cancelled all holiday festivities this year.
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