Jane Wells

CNBC Reporter

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.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.


  • Corn: A Bright Spot In World Of Real Estate Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 3:18 PM ET

    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.

  • Pork, Pics And Pans Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 9:23 AM ET

    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.

  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton seen speaking during the inaugural Rural Summit in Washington, DC

    "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?


  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.