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, Fake Jane, LOVE the weak dollar. Of course it means I can’t afford to travel, but I can’t afford to do anything anyway—I have to save my pennies for important things, like trying to find someone who will bleach the whites of my eyes.
It’s going to be a long, hot summer until the Air Force decides whether to reopen bidding, and, if so, whether to start over completely with a new set of rules. I’m beginning to think the entire tanker saga is like the original “Star War” trilogy.
Remember my post on the Bunny Ranch brothel offering double the services for those paying with their stimulus checks? That was apparently just the economic version of foreplay. Now comes word that other legal houses of ill-repute in Nevada are offering deals in a down economy.
Oh those marketing geniuses at Yum! Brands and Cadbury Schweppes. Slogans like "Finger Lickin' Good," and people dancing around singing "I'm a Pepper" just don't cut it anymore in the age of dogs riding skateboards on YouTube and products which promote "going commando." Sigh. I miss wanting to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony.
'm sure you've seen that Washington State has now joined those filing lawsuits against Countrywide before the company disappears. A few more emails. From Bob P: "Citi says BAC is one of the banks with 'the worst capital positions,' and it will most likely have to cut its dividend or try to raise capital...
Been so busy covering, well, real news that I haven’t been able to blog about the wonderfully awful things popping up in my email. So I’ll just tease you with the headlines.
Here are interviews with two shareholders who attended the standing room only meeting at Countrywide headquarters today. One is Scott Adams, of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which voted "yes" today with its 48,000 shares.
Angelo Mozilo presided over the meeting. It only lasted about 15 minutes. No speeches by shareholders. Even though 69 percent of shares voted yes, the actual percentage of votes cast was around 97 percent meaning about 30 percent of shares didn't vote at all.
As Countrywide shareholders vote on whether to be acquired by Bank of America--on the same day the state of Illinois is suing the Countrywide and CEO Angelo Mozilo for fraud--research firm SNL Financial says a horrible year for banks and thrifts hasn't stopped them from paying their chief execs pretty well.
Jordan Belfort, the real "Wolf of Wall Street" is back selling something. This time, however, it's all legal.
Airpnp, based on the very successful Airbnb, is a site that allows people to rent out their bathrooms. Is this for real?
Crest released chocolate toothpaste this month. CNBC asked "experiential consumers" for their thoughts on the products.
The promoter talks politics, how to succeed in business and why MMA is "sophisticated barbarism."
Who is Gotham's "Funniest Person in Finance" -- a trader? a financial advisor? an IT guy? Click ahead to find out!
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.