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 sitting in on closing arguments in the penalty phase of Mattel's case against privately held MGA Entertainment. The CEOs of both companies are in the Riverside, Calif. courtroom 70 miles from their offices. It's standing room only. (UPDATED.)
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.
Many Americans are more surprised by Michael Phelps' calorie count than his medal count. This guy with no body fat consumer as much as 12,000 calories a day. That's the total equivalent for a family of five. Or six.
Trump says "it would be an honor" to help McMahon out, even though The Donald doesn't know the man. So why would the world's most cold-hearted dealmaker lend a helping hand?
A website called Beautifulpeople.com has created a mentoring program cheekily called "Adopt an Ugly Person."
Hormel has created a custom motorcycle that runs on 100 percent refined bacon grease.
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Food prices are high, but for the $100 watermelons and pumpkins Tony Dighera grows, demand is outstripping supply.
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Former college football coach Barry Switzer has turned a man cave in his Oklahoma home into a base for Coaches' Cabana.
Apeks Supercritical sells an extraction machine for medical marijuana users who prefer consuming oils over smoking the plant.