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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Have you ever noticed how Fake Jane's face never changes its expression? That's because she's the face of America! The latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (FJ's favorite professional group) prove that Americans of all shapes and sizes, sexes and races, ages and genders, are going under the knife and needle.
I blogged a couple weeks ago about the really funny, really REALLY inappropriate music video actress/comedienne Sarah Silverman made revealing her "affair" with Matt Damon. What does this have to do with business? Well, in the video she describes how her boyfriend -- Jimmy Kimmel -- likes Diet Snapple.
I was supposed to be on a plane right now to Denver, and then drive to Avon, Colorado, to "stake out" the Countrywide junket for lenders at the Ritz Carlton (see post from colleague Diana Olick). But after the Wall Street Journal reported the detes on the luxurious ski trip for 30 smaller lenders--Countrywide decided to nix the annual funfest.
Here is a link to a stick figure slide show I received from Heather H. which explains the housing debacle better than anything I've seen to date. WARNING: the language gets increasingly "adult" as the story unfolds.
After rumors of everything from partnering with Netflix to buying Epic Games (neither are true), the big news from the Microsoft keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference: now you can create your own games and put them on Xbox Live to share.
John Schappert runs Microsoft's Iive, interactive entertainment businesses, joining the company in August after a career in game development for companies like Electronic Arts. He's giving the keynote speech at this year's huge Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where 16,000 industry pros are gathering to discuss what's next in this $19 billion industry.
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Love Cloud Vegas is an airline where people pay to go airborne so they can join the Mile High Club.
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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.