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.


  • California Versus Alaska Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 3:44 PM ET
    Map of California

    California is about to set a record for not having a budget. Already, physicians and hospitals are owed $1 billion in overdue Medi-Cal payments, and the state could actually run out of money by the end of the month.

  • Farmers Getting "Too" Rich? Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | 11:42 AM ET

    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.

  • Your E-Mails: The Tanker, VP Tina Fey & Ed McMahon Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | 5:26 PM ET

    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."

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.