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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AND YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Here are two videos of one office worker who apparently can't take it anymore. Something sets him off, and he starts throwing things. The videos are making the rounds on the Internet, igniting debate over whether they're authentic, or just well-crafted put-ons. They look pretty real to me. (Note: Content may be considered mature. Viewer discretion advised.)
Your emails continue to pour in on comments by Lockheed Martin's CEO that the tanker win by Northrop Grumman/EADS is proof the U.S. bidding process is more open and less protectionist.
Here is Des Moines, especially in West Des Moines, there's a building boom. Lots of new construction. It looks like the corn economy is trumping the subprime meltdown. Zillow.com says home prices this city are holding steady. The first image is a Zillow chart showing Des Moines prices since 2000.
Currently in Des Moines at the World Pork Expo--more on that tomorrow. I had my first "Iowa Chop," a two-inch thick massive pork chop from the center part of the loin grilled up and served with a really cold beer. It was good. My heart stopped working for a time and I had to go buy larger pants...but it was good.
"Bill Clinton’s often bizarre behavior on the Hillary Clinton campaign trail has generated as much controversy as it has speculation. But what if – unlike the former President’s adultery over the years – these behavioral aberrations are a direct consequence of his heart bypass surgery and therefore truly beyond his control?
You can imagine my surprise as news releases promoting older women stuff popped up in my email box this week on the heels of the movie's success! Finally, someone cared. Someone was thinking about ME and all the exciting things I was capable of achieving if I could only move my facial muscles post-Botox.
Lockheed is the nation's biggest defense contractor. Boeing is second. Stevens, speaking at a defense conference in Brussels, says protectionism is bad, open competition is good, and companies which depend on government regulations to keep out foreign competitors will grow weaker until they are "protected to death."
.Countrywide will be swallowed up by Bank of America sometime this summer, barring any last minute surprises. How will BofA celebrate? If this YouTube video is any indication, it will involve twisting a U2 hit into something Michael Scott would sing to motivate his staff on "The Office."
A Long Island law firm has formed a charity, called Senior Dreams, to help grant the wishes of needy seniors.
SideChef, an app designed for amateur cooks, helps teach step-by-step recipe basics to would-be chefs.
The Bay State approved legalized gambling 3 years ago. Come Tuesday, they may reverse that decision.
A website called Beautifulpeople.com has created a mentoring program cheekily called "Adopt an Ugly Person."
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.