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'm doing a farm report today on Burger King. The King has a whopper of a fight on his hands from a farm workers rights group in Florida. The group's...beef...is that it claims tomato pickers get paid peanuts, and they want more lettuce.
On my visit to corn and soybean farmers in Iowa last week, under fire over subsidies and ethanol in boom times... Tony S. writes: "Kinda funny that no one on Wall Street is willing to tie the rise in food prices back to Wall St. investors. Think about it. Who is pouring record amounts of money into commodity markets?"
When’s the last time you drank 7UP? I haven’t since the guy with the Caribbean accent talked about the “Uncola Nut.” Maybe that’s why the Cadbury Schweppes classic is now offering to send 7UPs to aliens.
I’m covering the Federal Reserve Board hearing today in Los Angeles. The Fed needs to determine whether the Bank of America spacer purchase of Countrywide spacer would hurt the public interest under the Bank Holding Company Act.
How good is farming? There’s a report saying Afghanistan’s opium crop may plummet this year, as farmers switch to more profitable legal crops in a hungry world. But here at home, it’s a strange time in Iowa. Family farmers are making good profits -- no more Farm Aid concerts. But just as they’re doing really well, they’re taking a lot of heat, especially corn farmers.
Farming can be a funny business -- not in a ha-ha way -- as so much depends on the whims of Mother Nature. As I prepare to head to Iowa this week to talk to corn and soybean farmers getting ready to plant, here in California, some farmers who grow wine grapes fear 2008 may not be a good year... Also: Louisiana 'Hearts' Baggy Trousers!
Sorry, but this whole green thing is making me, Fake Jane... green. As in nauseous. FJ is all for coming up with more sustainable ways of living -- it saves money and energy, and probably even helps the Earth, though, believe me, the Earth will be fine. We may kill ourselves, but not the Earth. Some asteroid may do that...
A website called Beautifulpeople.com has created a mentoring program cheekily called "Adopt an Ugly Person."
Hormel has created a custom motorcycle that runs on 100 percent refined bacon grease.
Love Cloud Vegas is an airline where people pay to go airborne so they can join the Mile High Club.
Food prices are high, but for the $100 watermelons and pumpkins Tony Dighera grows, demand is outstripping supply.
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.