Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and CNBC.com. Based in Los Angeles, she also contributes to CNBC's breaking news coverage.
Wells assumed her current role after more than 20 years as a CNBC reporter. Most recently, she covered retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California's economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas for the network. Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for "Rivera Live." During her career at the network, Wells also served as a senior correspondent for CNBC's "Upfront Tonight."
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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We are daily discovering the unintended consequences and unforeseen challenges of the new TSA security measures. How does one discreetly notify a TSA agent that one has an external urine bag without broadcasting that little tidbit loud enough for others to hear? A man named Tom Sawyer (no lie) and one TSA agent apparently learned the hard way that it's difficult to keep anything private in the age of underwear bombs.
Moffett Field is a historic airfield now controlled by NASA and used by Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who pay the government annual rent to fly in and out of the facility. But it will cost tens of millions of dollars to keep the airport open and clean up toxic waste on the site.
So a priest, a journalist, and a TSA officer walk into a security line. I know there's a groping joke in here somewhere. But seriously, folks, while I was going through airport security at Burbank Thursday afternoon—no backscatter scanners or enhanced pat downs yet—I went through the line next to a priest.
I was warned that Marchionne doesn't "do" interviews in the traditional sense. You have to ambush him, but he always knows you're coming. So me and my crew stood guard on the red carpet outside the brand new Motor Village of Los Angeles to await his arrival. We waited. And waited.