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.
Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.
PennyMac is preparing to go public to raise $400 million to help it buy portfolios of bad mortgages. Why would anyone want to invest? Because it's run by former Countrywide executives.
Talk about funny business. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is signing a budget solution today which will at least buy California some time. Since the Assembly did not approve two measures to raise $1.1 billion for the state--mostly by taking transportation funds from local authorities--the Governor promises to use his line item veto to eke out more cost cuts.
We got some emails about The Compliment Guys! Who are AWESOME! Handsome! Hard-working! Good for America!
Last month, I went to Hollywood's legendary Central Casting. California's newly unemployed are flocking here to get work as extras, and make a little extra money....One of the people I interviewed that day was Angela McNamee...It's been a good month for McNamee, who wrote me this week that only days after I interviewed her, she landed a job.
Some people were kind of weirded out by Governor Schwarzenegger's Twitter video which I blogged about yesterday, where he begins the video by wordlessly holding a huge knife (a prop from "Predator"?). Gawker wrote, "This is bizarre enough to terrify even the jaded and severely battered citizens of California."
Former Wall Street financier Chris Andersen has spent a lifetime raising money on Wall Street. Now he's raising pigs.
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