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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First, the good. Home sales are on the rise in Stockton, California. Coldwell Banker Grupe-TrendGraphix reports that in June, 493 homes sold in Stockton (mostly foreclosures), compared to 141 a year ago. And for San Joaquin County, sales hit a six-year high, 921, up 200 percent from a year ago.
I’ve got to stop talking about IndyMac and the banking crisis. Time to move back to the Air Force tanker crisis involving Boeing and Northrop Grumman. As I got home from DAY 3 of "THE INDYMAC BANK RUN" I finally got a chance to open up this week’s Aviation Week (aka “Aviation Leak”) which has an interview with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.
Many of you wrote asking where you could find the names of the 90 potentially problematic banks the FDIC keeps on a list. The FDIC doesn't provide the names of the banks, only the total number of institutions it's keeping an eye on. Believe me, if I knew the names, I'd print them all. But that's the reporter in me.
I reported yesterday that "RBC Capital has a list of 300 banks that could POTENTIALLY fail." The firm responded that it does not have a list, but instead believes up to 300 banks could fail over the next few years, and maybe not even anywhere near that.
I’m outside IndyMac headquarters all day Monday (or should I say IndyMac Bank FSB), as every depositor in America watches to see what happens when a big bank fails and the FDIC comes in to take over. I feel like a kid again. Back in the ‘80s I was chasing Charles Keating around a federal courthouse and trying to track down then-California Senator Alan Cranston, one of the “Keating Five” (which included John McCain).
The home is called La Leopolda, apparently built by Belgium's King Leopold for his mistresses, but past owners include Bill Gates (wow, that's kind of going from one extreme to another--love lair to, well, Bill Gates' house).
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.
Love Cloud Vegas is an airline where people pay to go airborne so they can join the Mile High Club.
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.