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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Tell me if this isn't the most ingeniously parasitical way to make a living: There are some guys who videotape themselves going around Hollywood digging through celebrity trash, and then they turn that trash into treasure on eBay.
This is awesome! Fake Jane has learned that Mariah Carey has allegedly married Nick Cannon, who's eleven years younger than she is (though her new hubby reportedly re-gifted her engagement ring from his previous fiancée--not a good sign). AND "NO TIME" FOR A PRENUP!
Here's the opening line of a press release sent my way: "Have you ever wondered what the world is like for a person with schizophrenia?" Um, no. I haven't. I mean, I have enough on my mind already.
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