CNBC business news 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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RealtyTrac says Sin City is once again leading the nation in foreclosures. How much worse can things get? Some real estate analysts say it could get worse, that there are an estimated 25,000 homes which banks have repossessed but not yet put on the market.
Phil Ruffin is old school Las Vegas, in the sense that he's an individual, not a conglomerate, who owns a major hotel and casino. Ruffin bought Treasure Island from a cash-starved MGM Mirage last spring for $755 million (they gave him a $20 million discount when he funded the whole thing in cash). How much is Treasure Island worth? "Probably a billion or more," he says.
“After playing defense for the first half of the year, we’re starting to play offense.” That’s how a visibly relieved Jim Murren explained the outlook for MGM Mirage and its huge $8.4 billion investment with partner Dubai World in the CityCenter complex.
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The Washington Post this week pulled the curtain back on a new product, Doc Bottoms Aspray, the first "all over" deodorant that "goes where other deodorants can't". The following YouTube video proceed to show us just exactly what that means. It's gotten over 300,000 hits in a month.
Former Wall Street financier Chris Andersen has spent a lifetime raising money on Wall Street. Now he's raising pigs.
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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.
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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.