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.


  • 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.

  • Contract workers from BP ferry oil soaked waste to a pickup point as other workers use skimmers to clean oil from a marsh near Pass a Loutre on June 1, 2010 near Venice, Louisiana. Earlier in the day, U.S. President Barack Obama called the Deepwater Horizon accident the 'greatest environmental disaster of its kind in our history.'

    "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.

  • A dead turtle lies in the surf as concern continues that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may harm animals in its path on May 3, 2010 in Bay St Louis, Mississippi.

    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.

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    Are we in a cyclical bear market? A secular bear market? Whatever. The bulls don't have a chance.

  • Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

    Not much has been happening in Vegas over the last two years, meaning not much has been staying in Vegas. That appears to be changing. Or, at the very least, things are not getting worse.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    I thought I understood how dire things were in Europe. Then I saw it explained by Clarke and Dawe. Troubling.

  • Jessica Simpson in Morocco filming her new reality show "The Price Of Beauty"

    Tuesday night the annual Gracie Awards were handed out in Beverly Hills, as the American Women in Radio & Television recognized outstanding programming on television and radio by women and about women.

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    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.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    I've been following the BP oil spill story, getting updates online from, 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.

  • Send your stuffed animal camping with Teddy Tours Lapland.

    Mindless spending is back. That's the only explanation I can find behind two new businesses offering luxury vacations... for toys.

  • Jane Wells

    Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for