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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Not only did David Cook beat David Archuleta (as many of you predicted), it was Cook who provided the "knock-out" with a 12 million vote margin of victory. The moment was amazing to watch (though Cook's mother insists on oozing into frame) after two very long hours of several "Up With People"-type ensemble numbers...
From a business perspective, since Simon declared last night "a knock-out" for Archuleta, I wonder if that may hurt ratings for tonight's finale. Sure, it'll still be huge for Fox, owned by News Corp, but maybe not quite so huge if everyone assumes it's a fait accompli.
So DataQuick says home sales in the Golden State rose almost 27 percent last month compared to the month before. Hmmm, let me see, who blogged about the possibility that we were bottoming in housing. Who? Who who who... oh yes, that was me. Also: "77 MIND-BLOWING SEX POSITIONS"! A promotional gift package from a website called Cleo's Boutique.
The hottest woman to hit Los Angeles in the last few weeks is not an actress. She's 6'4" Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, the number one draft pick by way of the University of Tennessee.
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If you watch "Project Runway," the future of judge Nina Garcia has been up in the air since she left Elle. Now we know the sort of career opportunities she's exploring. Not developing a new clothing line, or another magazine job, or designing shoes.
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There is much to criticize California for, as Joe Kernen did this morning (See the clip on the right in my "video gallery"--Joe, so pathetic! Wait, I sound so defensive...). Yes, tract homes here are a million dollars, it takes 90 minutes to drive across the street, Joe even claims there are no trees (um, what are those big green things?).
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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.