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 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.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.

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    Two years ago, the Bay Area city of 120,000 went into a special kind of bankruptcy reserved for local governments called Chapter 9. It allowed the city of break contracts and suspend debt payments.

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    One year ago, they flooded Los Angeles and Santa Barbara by the thousands. They came from around the world—Michael Jackson fans devastated by his sudden death. The morning after he died, I reported from his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. People were ten deep huddling around that small spot. Traffic was a mess, as it was near the family home in Encino and up near Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Today, not so much.

  • What a difference a year makes. In June, 2009, Michael Jackson was on the cusp of a comeback tour which might have netted him a new fortune. But he faced a mountain of debt, seemingly unable to get his finances under control. His family's home was about to go into foreclosure, as even their utility bills were reportedly thousands of dollars past due.

  • Twilight Eclipse

    As the latest Twilight film, "Eclipse", prepares to take the nation by blood-drenched storm, marketing types are working overtime creating tie-ins, no matter how flimsy.

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    There are plenty of young people and professionals and men on Facebook. But there are a lot of moms, especially stay at home moms. Social media has become a great way to connect with friends. Now it's a great way for companies to use those friends to reach you. Especially through mom bloggers.

  • Fortnight Lingerie's "Super Sexy CPR"

    A company called Fortnight Lingerie wanted to generate buzz about its sexy products, but how do you get the word out in a world dominated by Victoria's Secret. The Canadian firm hired some PR folks who put their noggins together. The result: pure genius.

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    Los Angeles is broke. But that's no reason not to party in style, as long as it doesn't cost taxpayers. The Lakers are now world champions, and they will have a much deserved hometown parade. Team spokesman John Black tells CNBC the Lakers organization will pick up the entire cost of the celebration scheduled for Monday, which will be "close to $2 million."

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    The business of hunting down one of the best in the business. No, not Lady Gaga. When it was revealed that the pop super star took cover at a Mets game last week in Jerry Seinfeld's luxury box, the Mets organization apologized...to Seinfeld. Sounds like a great plot for his old show.

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    NBC Universal, parent company of CNBC, will kick off its first Healthy Week on Monday. It's the latest effort to get America moving. Healthier people — so the studies prove — work harder, live longer, and put less of a burden on the healthcare system.

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    Elon Musk sounded almost giddy on the conference call with reporters. Space Exploration, or SpaceX, a company he founded with his PayPal fortune, landed what is believed to be the largest commercial rocket launch contract ever.

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