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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There's no arguing that for most farmers, it's been a good year. How good? As we head into the fall harvest season, the USDA is forecasting what the farm economy will be worth in 2008. Total farm assets are expected to rise nearly 7 percent to $2.4 trillion dollars.
Re Boeing: "If you ordered a car with no options, bare bones minimum, and when you received it was all pimped out with every option imaginable, wouldn't you accept the car? Of course you would!" And: Someone is "still looking for a Ron Paul billboard, anywhere."
Trump first offered to buy the house and lease it back to McMahon, but then a second, mystery buyer stepped forward with apparently a better offer, but one that required financing. That deal fell through.
Donald Trump, of course, had earlier trumpeted his desire to pay cash for the house and lease it back to McMahon so that the TV star could continue to live there
From The Seattle Times: "Air Force tanker guidelines to come next week". That was written August 21st. Wrong. From The Financial Times: "An announcement of the requirements, or request for proposals, could come as early as tomorrow." That was written Monday. Also wrong.
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