Jane Wells

CNBC Reporter

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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  • Bosom Buddies Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 2:08 PM ET

    I don't know if you watched the Emmy Awards (apparently I'm the only one who did), but I noticed Tina Fey pulling one of her acceptance speeches out of the top of her dress. I guess she can't carry the speech up on stage in her purse--and maybe she forgot to pull it out before leaving her seat.

  • There Oughtta Be A Law! (There Is One In California) Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | 11:39 AM ET

    Some complain that hedge funds, ratings agencies, and reporters, are intentionally trying to ruin the reputations of certain companies (like Washington Mutual), and there oughtta be a law against that.

  • Washington Mutual Graded--DOWN Monday, 22 Sep 2008 | 4:36 PM ET

    Moody's today lowered Washington Mutual's "financial strength" rating to E from D+, which I think is as low as you can go.


  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.