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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I, Fake Jane, couldn't watch all of "Idol Gives Back" last night. It's all very worthy, but a self-absorbed, bitter woman like myself can only fabricate sympathy for so long. Real Jane was crying during the Annie Lennox video, but I kept thinking, "Annie Lennox AGAIN? Carrie Underwood AGAIN?"
It doesn't get much sadder than the "funny business" I'm reporting today. More than a hundred homeowners in 23 states have lost their homes, not because they intentionally stopped paying their mortgages, but because the company which promised to help them instead may have robbed them blind.
Today, I'm a gold digger. Literally. I'm in gold country reporting on the "second gold rush." Would-be gazillionaires began descending on the mother lode country this year as gold prices rocketed. Geologists say 80-90 percent of the gold is still in these hills, but the "easy gold" is gone.
From last week's post on the man facing foreclosure, I got a couple of long responses which I've whittled down here. From Laura B: "I am writing to you today to voice my opposition to the irresponsible borrower, lender, and home builder bail out legislation currently before...
Countrywide stock, as of Thursday's close, was up 16 percent for the week, and up a whopping 55 percent since March 17th. Wednesday night, Countrywide released a flurry of Form 4s, including one showing that CEO Angelo Mozilo has been granted a stock appreciation right (SAR) of 2,358,491 shares, with a strike price of $6.22.
In Washington, they're talking about housing from 30,000 feet. Here in West Sacramento California, I'm seeing it from sea level. In a beautiful development where houses came on the market in 2004 for $700,000, I'm looking at a foreclosed house on the market for $415,500.
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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.