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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The post about the Xbox 360 got more hits than any blog post I've done to date. It even surpassed my rant on Ann Coulter, and was picked up on MySpacenews. But I digress: sort of. Anyway, all this has me wondering if I should combine the two stories, and maybe throw in Warren Buffett, to get killer traffic:
If my son spent as much time on his homework as he does playing, mastering, studying, and researching video games, he'd be valedictorian. For months he's been telling me there have been problems with the Microsoft Xbox 360, which is his console of choice. He's been talking about the "red rings of doom," which signal the Xbox is "fried."
Ah, the holidays! What better time to think about...death? The Neptune Society must have hired a new PR person because I'm getting press releases: "Rise in Cremations a Sign of Changing Times!
At the risk of turning "Funny Business" into a poor second to Diana Olick's "Realty Check," I keep talking about Countrywide because it's headquartered in my neck of the woods and people keep accusing the firm of "funny business."
Countrywide has been very smart about figuring out ways to make money from every part of the mortgage process. Here's an example pointed out to me. Countrywide reinsures some of its mortgages. When a homebuyer puts down only 10%, he or she usually has to buy mortgage insurance from a third party (I thought mortgage insurance was dead in the age of 80-20 loans, but apparently not).
As all sides start piling on the beleaguered mortgage not-so-giant-anymore, I've received a letter that Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer wrote Countrywide Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo after the two met in September. Sen. Schumer wants answers, including documentation to back up what he claims Mozilo told him in their meeting.
Turns out your Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost about $5 more this year. One big reason? Ethanol. Here's why. The most expensive part of the dinner is the turkey (though some grocers give it away if you overload on everything else). And 60% of the cost of the turkey is the feed.
Stressing out about Thursday already? I know what you mean. I'm even "stressing ahead" to Christmas. I think this year I'm going to give my kids money (they're teenagers, it's all they want), give my nieces and nephews gift cards, and donate to charity for the adults.
I've returned to the sunny, smoggy, overpriced confines of Los Angeles, and I've opened up the ol' Funny Business email box. OUCH! On my Canada travels, Paul E. from Florida writes: "Why does Jane Wells' ignorance of things Canadian get translated into our ignorance? Lose it, already...
Crest released chocolate toothpaste this month. CNBC asked "experiential consumers" for their thoughts on the products.
The promoter talks politics, how to succeed in business and why MMA is "sophisticated barbarism."
Kill some time playing the latest enterprenerd time-suck on Twitter, the #VCCoverBands hashtag.
"It's a deal at $699,000," says Tom Gregory, standing over the cemetery plot he owns. "About $10,300 per square foot."
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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.