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Jane Wells

Jane Wells
Special Correspondent, CNBC

Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and CNBC.com. Based in Los Angeles, she also contributes to CNBC's breaking news coverage.

Wells assumed her current role after more than 20 years as a CNBC reporter. Most recently, she covered retail, agriculture and defense as well as reports on California's economy, West Coast real estate and Las Vegas for the network. Wells joined CNBC in 1996, providing special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for "Rivera Live." During her career at the network, Wells also served as a senior correspondent for CNBC's "Upfront Tonight."

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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    I've covering the growing business of tribute bands this week, as musicians who cover classic rock 'n' roll songs discover how to fill the void on iTunes for acts who don't allow digital downloads of their music. Is it legal?

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    Go to almost any park this Labor Day weekend and you might run into a band covering some of the most famous songs in rock 'n' roll. Tribute bands have multiplied, as original bands have stopped touring, or started charging too much for tickets.

  • The war in Iraq may be over, but the war in customer service is not. Seems a while back, a soldier having trouble with his HP all-in-one printer called the company for help in fixing it. Things went downhill from there and it was all put on tape.

  • Skechers Resistance Runners hit shelves in July.

    Skechers reported record revenues and earnings last quarter. Then the bottom fell out of the stock. The reason? An attack on Skecher's best seller—the Shape-Ups toning shoes.

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    Messy desks, flabby arms, cheesy lines, we've covered all kinds of funny business lately. But nothing may top this. Or cost more. Funny Business product of the month! The Seabreacher! This thing is gonna scare the kids right out of the water.

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    So you're a young, red-blooded heterosexual male on Wall Street who keeps striking out with the ladies. Pink dress shirts have failed to attract attention. That expensive, gold-plated iPad gets you nowhere. You've been working too hard at this.

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    Remember when the Wonder Bra changed everything? It enhanced a woman's profile while saving her the expense of surgery. It was also a lie.

  • Jane's semi-messy desk.

    What does your desk look like? Everything in it's place? Do you straighten your stack of Post-it notes? Or does it look like a tornado just went through?

  • Pete Campbell from "Mad Men".

    Everyone wants to be noticed. Everyone likes a compliment. Even the boss.

  • Wheat prices spike because of a Russian drought. Beef prices rise as the world demands more protein. Corn prices rise to feed the beef. Milk prices jump seven percent in a year, partly because summer heat makes cows less productive. Eggs disappear from store shelves on salmonella fears.