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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Fake Jane needs a pedicure badly. But not this badly. A spa in Alexandria, Virginia, is letting customers dunk their feet into a tank of water where tiny fish nibble off dead skin. Let me repeat: FEET-EATING FISH ARE BIG BUSINESS.
Los Angeles is in the middle of a billion dollar girl fight. Actually a $3.1 billion girl fight if Mattel's figures are correct. Later today a judge is expected to rule on whether to declare a mistrial in the case Mattel brought against MGA Entertainment over its mega-hit Bratz dolls.
Finally, you learn what GTA means, and life will never be the same (ok, it's still the same, but doesn't that sound like something a television writer would write? Sigh.) I'll be back Monday to start blogging about happier topics, like the upcoming anniversary of Countrywide's death spiral. I wonder what Mayvene would say about that. Thanks for reading.
"Sycamore Hill" is filled with boomers and those who are older but still have plenty of boom left. In today's installment of my screenplay--posted for your enjoyment while I'm away on vacation--things start to take a darker turn.
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