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.


  • Countrywide has put out a press release titled, "Countrywide Wants to Help Dispel Home Buying Myths." In it we learn you can still get a jumbo loan without 20 percent down (see the graph I put in bold below.) Here are some of the tips it provides for prospective home buyers:

  • Following the Subprime Fallout

    I went on "The Call" with news from a Lehman Bros. report suggesting that the housing downturn will be worse in California than the rest of the country (duh), and that it will be worse than the downturn of the early '90s (uh-oh).

  • Fake Jane (Or Maybe It's Me) Gets Your Emails! Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 1:14 PM ET
    Reader Response

    I get email! Or maybe it's Fake Jane that gets them. I'm confusing myself with myself. Anyway, here are some of your most recent responses. Regarding Fake Jane's post about people talking loudly on cell phones oblivious to the rest of the world:


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