Funny Business with Jane Wells

Jane Wells

Jane Wells
Special Correspondent, CNBC

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.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.


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    My campaign against ridiculous jargon in business continues its deep dive into the worst offenders, circling back to you the reader, where, at the end of the day, you'll want to be sick. Here is a list of some of the most stupid biz-speak phrases and words.

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    In what may be the most surprising turn in Tuesday's election, the proposition to legalize the most lucrative industry in the so-called "Emerald Triangle" was defeated by the very communities most likely to benefit from legal marijuana.

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    It’s hard moving from the boardroom to the cloakroom. Businesspeople jumping into politics in a big way — skipping a run for mayor, state legislature, or even Congress — have a hard time. This election, three former CEOs, all women, all Republicans, failed to close the deal.

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    "Many people claim they are still undecided on how they will vote," writes the website's authors. "These people are filthy liars. Deep down, you all know what you're going to do, so don't waste our time. Just take a look at this handy flowchart and see for yourself how predictable you really are."

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    The ‘Bong Show’ may be coming to an end. Let me first make it clear that the only poll that matters in California is the one which closes Tuesday at 8pPT. That said, public opinion polls suggest Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, is going up in smoke.

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    Change is coming. People are angry. The Republicans are energized. They will rise up Tuesday and gain power. Or so we're told. But not in California. Or so we're told.

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    I have a confession to make. I'm anti-social. Oh, I know, I look like a gregarious, outgoing person on TV (at least I hope I do), but that's only because I'm shouting at an inanimate object—a camera. I don't even make much eye contact with the cameraman. It's all a lie.

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    On some long haul flights to the U.S., Air New Zealand is introducing the Skycouch, which turns a row of three seats in coach into a bed. Some dub it "Cuddle Class", and it debuted earlier this year.

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    Oscar Goodman is winding down his tenure as perhaps the most famous mayor in Las Vegas' history. He hopes to go out on a high note, even as the state reports the city's unemployment rate has reached a record high of 15 percent.

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    StubHub PR rep Vanessa Barbieri says the most expensive ticket sold so far on StubHub for tonight's game is for seats right behind home plate in the Dugout Club.

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