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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Wednesday night was Senior Awards Night at the high school where my son will be graduating next week. My son, like so many young men, was a late bloomer in terms of focus and achievement. But one thing he decided early on was that he wanted to be part of the United States Marine Corps. He has never lost sight of that goal.
"Dearest Media, My name is Leroy Stick and I am the man behind @BPGlobalPR." Thus begins the "press release" issued Wednesday night by the person behind the Twitter account@BPGlobalPR. He isn't with the real PR department at BP. This is a now-famous prank.
BP Global PR is now giving lessons in public relations. Not really. Last week I blogged about someone who is spoofing BP's crisis management efforts under the Twitter name @BPGlobalPR. The spoofer was barreling toward 100,000 followers as of Tuesday night.
I thought I understood how dire things were in Europe. Then I saw it explained by Clarke and Dawe. Troubling.
A little known program allows foreigners to invest in U.S. businesses and create jobs in exchange for a green card. Think of it as "immigration through investment". Foreigners can apply for it by proving they'll pour $1 million into a U.S. company.
I've been following the BP oil spill story, getting updates online from CNBC.com, as well as BP's own outreach on Twitter. Then I stumbled across a Twitter account for BP Global PR. Except it's not really BP Global PR. It's a hilarious send-up of spin.
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.