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 Countrywide becomes Bank of America, the state of Florida isn't going to let an ownership change stop if from going after damages for what it claims were Countrywide's deceptive lending practices.
I, Fake Jane, LOVE the weak dollar. Of course it means I can’t afford to travel, but I can’t afford to do anything anyway—I have to save my pennies for important things, like trying to find someone who will bleach the whites of my eyes.
It’s going to be a long, hot summer until the Air Force decides whether to reopen bidding, and, if so, whether to start over completely with a new set of rules. I’m beginning to think the entire tanker saga is like the original “Star War” trilogy.
Remember my post on the Bunny Ranch brothel offering double the services for those paying with their stimulus checks? That was apparently just the economic version of foreplay. Now comes word that other legal houses of ill-repute in Nevada are offering deals in a down economy.
Oh those marketing geniuses at Yum! Brands and Cadbury Schweppes. Slogans like "Finger Lickin' Good," and people dancing around singing "I'm a Pepper" just don't cut it anymore in the age of dogs riding skateboards on YouTube and products which promote "going commando." Sigh. I miss wanting to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony.
'm sure you've seen that Washington State has now joined those filing lawsuits against Countrywide before the company disappears. A few more emails. From Bob P: "Citi says BAC is one of the banks with 'the worst capital positions,' and it will most likely have to cut its dividend or try to raise capital...
Been so busy covering, well, real news that I haven’t been able to blog about the wonderfully awful things popping up in my email. So I’ll just tease you with the headlines.
Here are interviews with two shareholders who attended the standing room only meeting at Countrywide headquarters today. One is Scott Adams, of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which voted "yes" today with its 48,000 shares.
Angelo Mozilo presided over the meeting. It only lasted about 15 minutes. No speeches by shareholders. Even though 69 percent of shares voted yes, the actual percentage of votes cast was around 97 percent meaning about 30 percent of shares didn't vote at all.
Mendocino County is known for growing marijuana, most of it illegal, and a lot of it is on fire.
Joanna Rohrback, who became a viral video star with her odd exercise program Prancercise and an outfit that defies description, is back.
Toilet sales have risen 28 percent since 2011, according to American Standard CEO Jay Gould.
CNBC's Jane Wells spends a day in the life of a Malibuian.
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.