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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Another century, another O.J. Simpson trial. Las Vegas is gearing up for the ka-ching the media circus will bring to town. All the hotel rooms and meals that Marcia Clark and friends will take up covering the event should create quite a cash infusion. The bar tab alone will bail out several waitresses caught in the Vegas subprime meltdown.
There is a group of do-gooders based in St. Louis who hold blood drives and sell t-shirts and generally try to educate people about how best to prepare for disaster. Any disaster. Like, even the ultimate-worst-horrible-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-me kind of disaster. Just would that disaster be? Well, the group is called the Zombie Squad (or ZS), and it claims the worst of the worst is... zombies.
What more can be said about the Fed's rate cut? Did Greenspan get us into this mess? Is Bernanke caving in getting us out? Are both trying to be popular? Here's my question: is Greenspan suddenly like Britney (we thought he was so hot but now...), while Bernanke is K-Fed (a strange background ornament who suddenly looks responsible)?
Last week I blogged about a study from Washington University linking gas prices to obesity. The study proclaimed that for every $1 rise in a gallon of gas, we should see a 15% drop in obesity levels over five years, because people would walk or ride bikes more, and they'd have less money to eat fatty restaurant food.
This post will test a theory I have that management doesn't read this blog. Management doesn't even know who Fake Jane is, much to Fake Jane's dismay. I was hoping the new business network from "Down Under Man" (or someone who could be named Murdoch) might reach out to Fake Jane, but it has not.
So I'm in Las Vegas, naturally on the day O.J. Simpson is questioned over an alleged robbery. It's an evolving story. Seems he's being named a suspect in the case though he says his involvement was part of a 'sting' operation to get the stuff back.
Here's the funny thing about the business of Hollywood (okay, ONE funny thing, there are a million others): you can never predict what characters will stand the test of time. In an effort to nudge more Americans to plan for disasters, the McCormick Tribune Foundation surveyed people about which fictional character they'd like help from during an emergency.
Now we know why Europeans are thinner than we are. It has nothing to do with diet. It's because they pay so much more for gasoline. What? It's true! At least according to a study by a doctoral student from Washington University in St. Louis.
I admit I'm a sucker for toilet humor. Sure, I'm a professional, mature working mother who goes to church and pays her taxes. All very Harriet Nelson-esque. But tell me a fart joke, and I laugh so hard I cry. Maybe it's because I grew up with three brothers who used to hold various disgusting contests. I won't go into details. Use your imagination.
Wanna lose weight? Use the "self check-out" line at the grocery store. That's according to a survey done on, wait, what's this? A survey determining that "self check-out" is great! The study, done by IHL Consulting, says one reason self check-out is great is because the average woman could lose 4.1 pounds a year scanning and bagging her own!
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.