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.


  • I feel sorry for my colleague John Harwood. I don’t even cover politics, but I still get all the campaign emails. I’ve tried to get off a few of the lists, but that’s like trying to pull out dandelion weeds—they always grow back.

  • Starbucks And Why You Pay More For The Soy Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 1:22 PM ET

    Soybeans hit a record high on Wednesday--$13.07 a bushel for July contracts. Soy prices jumped 75 percent in 2007, that's more than corn, oil, gold. MORE THAN GOLD! Why? Because farmers decided to plant a bunch of corn to chase the ethanol dream...

  • Fake Jane To Rescue Allergan Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 12:31 PM ET
    Fake Jane

    It is with much concern that Fake Jane reads that Allergan disappointed the street this morning with its earnings report. Allergan is Fake Jane's favorite company. Even though earnings and sales were up double digits--sales topping a billion dollars for the first time in one quarter--the outlook is below street expectations, and an important drug trial failed.


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