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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Steve Wozniak plays Segway Polo; Fake Jane takes on "cougar" myth; and your e-mails about the recent Mortage hardball series.
A happy ending to the saga of Kim and Scott Fisher, whom I've been blogging about for two days. They managed to find a buyer for their home willing to pay more than what they owed WaMu and Wells Fargo -- except they couldn't cover $35,000 in closing costs, and the home was heading into foreclosure. Finally, some good news....
I'm sitting in on closing arguments in the penalty phase of Mattel's case against privately held MGA Entertainment. The CEOs of both companies are in the Riverside, Calif. courtroom 70 miles from their offices. It's standing room only. (UPDATED.)
Kim and Scott Fisher are watching the clock tick down. As I blogged yesterday, they have an offer on their home for an amount which will allow them to pay off their first mortgage to Washington Mutual and a second mortgage to Wells Fargo. But the Fishers do not have enough to cover $35,000 in closing costs, and they say lenders won't help. Plus, they say WaMu has moved to foreclose on the home. What a mess.
A Long Island law firm has formed a charity, called Senior Dreams, to help grant the wishes of needy seniors.
SideChef, an app designed for amateur cooks, helps teach step-by-step recipe basics to would-be chefs.
The Bay State approved legalized gambling 3 years ago. Come Tuesday, they may reverse that decision.
A website called Beautifulpeople.com has created a mentoring program cheekily called "Adopt an Ugly Person."
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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.