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’m in the only city in America which is paying no attention to the Democratic National Convention: Las Vegas. If I asked someone, “What did Michelle Obama say?” they'd look at me like I’d asked, “How did the Croatians do in the Olympics?” They say Vegas is hurting, and I'll be reporting from the Strip Wednesday, starting on Squawk Box.
I'm heading to Las Vegas. I'll be filing live reports from there Wednesday on how the economy may be hurting Sin City, both in gaming and Strip mega-developments. We're also going to look at residential real estate in a place where bubble grew the biggest -- and popped the loudest. There will be plenty of Web Extras, too..!
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