Funny Business with Jane Wells

Jane Wells

Jane Wells
CNBC Reporter

CNBC 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 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.


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    Messy desks, flabby arms, cheesy lines, we've covered all kinds of funny business lately. But nothing may top this. Or cost more. Funny Business product of the month! The Seabreacher! This thing is gonna scare the kids right out of the water.

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    So you're a young, red-blooded heterosexual male on Wall Street who keeps striking out with the ladies. Pink dress shirts have failed to attract attention. That expensive, gold-plated iPad gets you nowhere. You've been working too hard at this.

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    Remember when the Wonder Bra changed everything? It enhanced a woman's profile while saving her the expense of surgery. It was also a lie.

  • Jane's semi-messy desk.

    What does your desk look like? Everything in it's place? Do you straighten your stack of Post-it notes? Or does it look like a tornado just went through?

  • Pete Campbell from "Mad Men".

    Everyone wants to be noticed. Everyone likes a compliment. Even the boss.

  • Wheat prices spike because of a Russian drought. Beef prices rise as the world demands more protein. Corn prices rise to feed the beef. Milk prices jump seven percent in a year, partly because summer heat makes cows less productive. Eggs disappear from store shelves on salmonella fears.

  • Century Plaza Towers

    The weather's hot in Los Angeles, but the economy's cold. Jobs are disappearing like wrinkles on Beverly Hills housewives. So when one building in expensive Century City laid off 19 janitors, it ignited a protest bringing one of the nation's most powerful unions against one of the nation's most powerful investment banks.

  • Elizabeth Warren

    Wall Street's gotten a bad rap, and CNBC's Jane Wells has found it.

  • Serpentine

    Like children growing up in a war torn country, Californians have become somewhat desensitized to being in a state of constant financial trauma.

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    Office meetings do more harm than good. One UK company is trying a novel method to improve them.

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