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 am at the biggest trade show in Vegas, at least by square footage (2.3 million) and weight (17 billion pounds of equipment). It's ConExpo, for the construction industry, which meets once every three years. What's changed since they last met in 2005? Residential construction has imploded, hurting many of the firms here. But the world's their oyster...
Apparently the U.S. job market isn’t completely reverting to 10,000 B.C. The online job recruiting site Jobfox says some jobs are still in high demand: Software Development (I guess it’s not all going to India), Nursing, Accounting/Finance Execs (I bet!) Sales Reps, and Administrative Assistants.
Boeing was debriefed by the Air Force today on why it lost the massive $40 billion tanker deal in a shocking defeat to Northrop Grumman-EADS. Mark McGraw, head of Boeing's tanker program, spoke with me just minutes after the meeting ended.
It's hard being a realtor. To get paid, you have to agonize through the entire deal--spending time and money--and, increasingly, it all falls apart at the end. Even if the transaction is completed, clients start grinding you on the commission. Hey, that's business.
Aspen, Colorado is a special place. And you need a lot of money to live here. There are 88 homes listed on the market for $20 million or more. Those are just the ones officially listed. But even here, the economic slowdown is starting to affect prices.
I'm flying to Aspen, where I will report live on Thursday about homeowners who sell each other "development rights" to get past the 15,000-square-foot limit for new homes. Because, for some, 15,000 square feet ain't gonna cut it. I'm about to take off from LAX. There are a lot of rich people on this plane wearing fur coats and talking about fundraisers. "I haven't even unpacked from Paris," one woman declares in a rush...
Today I'm at the 2008 Luxury Summit in Beverly Hills, a large event where experts will talk about the good, the bad, and the really ugly trends at the high end of the market. I'll blog what I learn, especially as it relates to public companies like Tiffany and LVMH (which trades in Europe).
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.