Jane Wells

CNBC Reporter

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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  • Mortgage Hardball: Day 2 Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 4:02 PM ET
    Fisher Home

    Kim and Scott Fisher are watching the clock tick down. As I blogged yesterday, they have an offer on their home for an amount which will allow them to pay off their first mortgage to Washington Mutual and a second mortgage to Wells Fargo. But the Fishers do not have enough to cover $35,000 in closing costs, and they say lenders won't help. Plus, they say WaMu has moved to foreclose on the home. What a mess.

  • Cougar Business; Trump & Grossness: Your E-Mails Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 8:58 AM ET
    Richard Gere in American Gigolo

    What to make of the fuss over the word "cougar"? Cougars are reaching critical mass, so much so that First Wives World is debating whether the term is a compliment or an insult. Plus: Watch 'em in action!

  • Housing Crisis Hardball: Is This a Solution?! Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 2:40 PM ET
    Fisher Home

    WaMu, Wells Fargo play hardball with mortgage debtors -- Is this how to solve the housing crisis?! Also: California foreclosures DROPPING!


  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.