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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If the GOP has any sense of humor (Mike Huckabee's Chuck Norris ads are pretty funny), the party should start looking ahead to the general election and buy the rights to the following film clip. It's from the 1940 film, "The Ghost Breakers," starring Bob Hope, and it would be perfect for an ad campaign.
If you haven't seen the video circulating the web showing Tom Cruise talking about Scientology, well, it's still on YouTube, despite reported efforts by the church to have it taken down:
This is a big week for defense earnings, with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman today both topping street estimates and Lockheed's CFO saying he sees "no huge risks" to big defense projects no matter who becomes president.
I'm taking a break from the Countrywide drumbeat of doom to talk about...Chinese porn. I figured that would get your attention. Here's a ticker of news items in the Funny Business file:
How much debt do you have? If it makes you feel any better, your debt pile, no matter how high, is but a speck of red lint compared to the national debt. Our national debt is, gulp, $9,191,881,476,023 and change. (Keep the change). Bob Kerstein at Scripophily apparently had a little time on his hands, because he put that eye-popping figure into dollars and cents.
Bank of America's CEO says he is not pleased with his own company's performance and sees anemic growth for 2008. Still, he believes the purchase of Countrywide will close in the second half of this year, sending CFC shares up in early trading.
With O.J. Simpson back in the news, a colleague of mine at NBC was regaling newbie newsies about the long national nightmare of the ‘90s known as the “Simpson saga.” Some of these young journalists were (gulp) in elementary school at the time, and my friend was trying to explain to them just HOW BIG A DEAL IT WAS.
Next Tuesday, the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate is holding its 12th annual real estate conference. The keynote speaker: Angelo Mozilo, co-founder and CEO of Countrywide. That drew the ire of locals who formed “Disinvite Mozilo.”
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.
Mendocino County is known for growing marijuana, most of it illegal, and a lot of it is on fire.
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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.