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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As you know, I've found real fun in a fake persona. I mean, I'm from LA, everything's fake. So I've started a contest for the best "fake" blog based on an invented, twisted version of a real person in the world of business. I hope to post more and have you, dear readers, eventually pick a winner.
I get emails. On the ethanol stories. OLC writes: "Those drivers that gripe about the price of a gallon of oil-produced gasoline don't seem to mind buying large gas guzzling SUVs and pickups which retail in the $30,000 range, when they really could get by on a smaller vehicle. Many U.S. citizens are overweight and can't stand to cut back on what they eat.."
At left is an image of the press kit we received from Disneyland promoting the new Disney Pixar Toy Story Mania! attraction opening next month. We opened the box...and all we got were Mr. Potato Head's ears. Was he done in by the mob?
The town of Fruita, Colorado is putting up its own candidate for U.S. president: Mike, the headless chicken. When I saw the press blurb, I smiled and prepared to move on, suspecting it was another lame ploy by a tiny town to get some press coverage.
Thousands of Northrop Grumman workers are celebrating their tanker win today in Los Angeles -- even though the deal is on hold as the U.S. Government Accountability Office examines a Boeing challenge. We're at the party and I hope to post video later. As I've blogged many times, Boeing isn't rolling over on this one.
Atom Films is again hosting a contest for "Star Wars" fan films, except this year the winners will be aired on Spike TV. Fans have been spoofing or reconfiguring the movies for years, and, at some point, George Lucas realized copyright be damned! The smartest move was to embrace the love. Also: Your e-mails re Boeing.
Everyone is blaming ethanol for everything. Producers have gone from being heroes to zeroes. Two years ago, corn was $2 a bushel and margins were $2 a gallon -- and everyone and their brother wanted in. Now corn is $6 and margins are 10 cents -- or negative, for some operators. But here's the ethanol industry's defense...
The Government Accounting Office has one month to go in deciding whether the Air Force tanker decision should be allowed to take flight or remain grounded. As the clock ticks down, the rhetoric ticks up, just as it did before the original decision, which ended in a surprise win for Northrop Grumman/EADS.
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.
Who is Gotham's "Funniest Person in Finance" -- a trader? a financial advisor? an IT guy? Click ahead to find out!
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.