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 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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Like "Law & Order", Addicting Games creates content "ripped from the headlines". It's the company behind "Hero on the Hudson", an online videogame where you, too, can try to land a jetliner on water. The company says "Hudson" has generated 4.6 million plays since being published last year.
Madelyn Alfano is no dummy. This native of Hoboken has spent the last 25 years building up a successful chain of restaurants in Los Angeles called Maria's Italian Kitchen. But ask her what she's supposed to do next to expand healthcare coverage from 50 fulltime employees to all 400 of her workers, and she draws a blank.
I don't really think you can have it all, no matter what they tell you growing up. Sorry. If you work full time (or more) and raise a family—sometimes on your own—something's gotta give. However, even though you can't have it all, you can have a lot.
Gary L. saw my funny post about the White House and gave a serious reply: "Our country is in real trouble. We who live in California have a state with major fiscal problems. The federal government earns just so much. Its spending is out of control. Are there forces trying to cripple America?"
A group called The Beta Cup claims that 65 percent of North Americans drink coffee, or nearly two out of three of us. If we drink five cups a week on the go, that's about 58 billion cups thrown into landfills every year. The group claims this is the equivalent of 20 million trees and 12 billion gallons of water used to make the cups.
San Francisco's "weirdest new startup" provides a service featuring "chivalrous gentlemen offering a non-sexual service."
Former Wall Street financier Chris Andersen has spent a lifetime raising money on Wall Street. Now he's raising pigs.
"Schmacon is the evolution and, frankly, it's maybe the revolution in bacon," says the creator of beef-based bacon.
A Long Island law firm has formed a charity, called Senior Dreams, to help grant the wishes of needy seniors.
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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.