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.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.


  • "Main Street" On Bailout Bust: What People Are Saying Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | 11:44 AM ET

    One of the more challenging parts of my job is getting "Man on the Street" interviews. I'm just not that good at walking up to strangers to a) convince them to talk to me, and b) get something interesting out of them.

  • Bailout Protests Create Strange Bedfellows Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | 8:42 AM ET

    I never thought I'd see the day when Michael Moore and the Cato Institute come down on the same side of an issue. But they did agree in their distaste over the mad rush to push through a bailout package:

  • Will Bank for Food Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | 8:04 AM ET

    We talk about Main Street versus Wall Street, and I've been covering a lot of Main Street reaction to this financial crisis. But Scott Cohn was on Wall Street Monday, the actual physical location, as the market dove like never before.

Funny Business with Jane Wells

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