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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"I have played by the rules my entire career with billions of dollars in projects with every mayor, every council member, every department and agency, and the unions," billionaire Rob Maguire writes in an impassioned memo last night ahead of a hearing today which may allow a fellow billionaire to compete with him in the world of aviation.
Remember, you can now comment directly on the blog each day, but I still welcome your emails. This week, I got a lot of angry reaction to Clint Goodrich's guest blog on Warren Buffett which I titled "The Oracle of Oma-hype?" While the majority of votes on the blog agreed with Clint, none of the emails did.
A couple of studies out this week go against conventional wisdom. One says that people who work for themselves are actually healthier and happier than other workers, instead of being more stressed and worried. The other study suggests that taking a shower may be hazardous to your health.
Last week was a big week for the Fab Four. Sure, The Beatles still aren't on iTunes, but the band remastered and re-released its entire catalog on CD. We also got a look at The Beatles: Rock Band. Both the new CDs and the new videogame were released on 9-09-09, a tip of the hat to "Revolution No. 9" from "The White Album".
As if the nation's pork producers aren't angry enough over "swine flu", suffering blame in name only for a pandemic that doesn't have much to do with pigs. Now one of the premiere universities in the country is poking a little fun at the H1N1 virus, and leaving the swine industry feeling like a pig in a poke.
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.
SideChef, an app designed for amateur cooks, helps teach step-by-step recipe basics to would-be chefs.
Who is Gotham's "Funniest Person in Finance" -- a trader? a financial advisor? an IT guy? Click ahead to find out!
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.