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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Here is Des Moines, especially in West Des Moines, there's a building boom. Lots of new construction. It looks like the corn economy is trumping the subprime meltdown. Zillow.com says home prices this city are holding steady. The first image is a Zillow chart showing Des Moines prices since 2000.
Currently in Des Moines at the World Pork Expo--more on that tomorrow. I had my first "Iowa Chop," a two-inch thick massive pork chop from the center part of the loin grilled up and served with a really cold beer. It was good. My heart stopped working for a time and I had to go buy larger pants...but it was good.
"Bill Clinton’s often bizarre behavior on the Hillary Clinton campaign trail has generated as much controversy as it has speculation. But what if – unlike the former President’s adultery over the years – these behavioral aberrations are a direct consequence of his heart bypass surgery and therefore truly beyond his control?
You can imagine my surprise as news releases promoting older women stuff popped up in my email box this week on the heels of the movie's success! Finally, someone cared. Someone was thinking about ME and all the exciting things I was capable of achieving if I could only move my facial muscles post-Botox.
Lockheed is the nation's biggest defense contractor. Boeing is second. Stevens, speaking at a defense conference in Brussels, says protectionism is bad, open competition is good, and companies which depend on government regulations to keep out foreign competitors will grow weaker until they are "protected to death."
.Countrywide will be swallowed up by Bank of America sometime this summer, barring any last minute surprises. How will BofA celebrate? If this YouTube video is any indication, it will involve twisting a U2 hit into something Michael Scott would sing to motivate his staff on "The Office."
We've been telling you about the Boeing fans behind the Tanker War Blog. Today's lead story there is the insider trading investigation of former EADS Co-CEO Noel Forgeard, complete with cartoons.
Chao was famously fired by Murdoch, who was almost a father to him, after a speech on sex versus violence in the media at an event which included Murdoch and Dick Cheney. Legend has it that during his speech, Chao had a naked guy come out on stage, and then pointed a gun at him--asking the audience which was more disturbing.
Hating your loan officer is so last year. J.D. Power sees a rise in customer satisfaction in applying for home equity loans or lines of credit. Customer happiness about the experience is up nearly 2 percent since 2007--to 780 on a scale of 1,000 points. That would be a C+/B- if I was handing out a grade.
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.
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.
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.