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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Sad. There are no new episodes left of "The Office" because of the strike, which means we will instead have to experience the real-life insanity of communing with colleagues at the holiday office party.
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:
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).
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:
For the sake of Corporate America, Fake Jane is tackling a political hot potato--Americans should speak English only! Now, some of you may think this means Fake Jane (FJ) is against people speaking Spanish or Chinese or whatever. No, mi amigo. That's another blog for another day.
Flying to New York today to show the face at HQ. I do that once a year for about ten minutes, which is about all I can handle. The flight is delayed because of weather back East. Nice! Sitting here at LAX hearing this woman next to me go on and on over her cell phone talking about some dog show.
The post about the Xbox 360 got more hits than any blog post I've done to date. It even surpassed my rant on Ann Coulter, and was picked up on MySpacenews. But I digress: sort of. Anyway, all this has me wondering if I should combine the two stories, and maybe throw in Warren Buffett, to get killer traffic:
If my son spent as much time on his homework as he does playing, mastering, studying, and researching video games, he'd be valedictorian. For months he's been telling me there have been problems with the Microsoft Xbox 360, which is his console of choice. He's been talking about the "red rings of doom," which signal the Xbox is "fried."
Jordan Belfort, the real "Wolf of Wall Street" is back selling something. This time, however, it's all legal.
Airpnp, based on the very successful Airbnb, is a site that allows people to rent out their bathrooms. Is this for real?
Crest released chocolate toothpaste this month. CNBC asked "experiential consumers" for their thoughts on the products.
The promoter talks politics, how to succeed in business and why MMA is "sophisticated barbarism."
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.