Funny Business with Jane Wells

Jane Wells

Jane Wells
Special Correspondent, CNBC

Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and 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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    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.

  • NJ Turnpike Toll

    New Jersey, one could argue, is the Rodney Dangerfield of America. The Garden State has been the butt of more jokes than, well, BP. And now this. Comedian Rob Ryan and "The Reel Public" have spoofed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" in "Newark State of Mind."

  • Vuvuzela

    The World Cup won't ban the bane of soccer viewers—the vuvuzela. ESPN/ABC may tweak the sound mix to filter out some of the noise from the ubiquitous South African horns, and the BBC may try to nix the blowhard audio altogether.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo has already been linked to Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, but I've never heard of him. Neither have most Americans. You'll be hearing a lot more about him. Or, maybe I should say, you'll be seeing a lot more of him.

  • Jeffrey Gundlach was at the top of his game last fall, managing over $70 billion in bond fund assets for his long-time employer, TCW.

  • Diane von Furstenberg

    Among the most interesting things I've heard here is a talk on whether Facebook and other social media sites are a good place to sell luxury. Maybe not. While it may be a good way to draw in younger consumers who trust their friends' opinions, there is a sense of "connection fatigue." The most provocative statement of the day: "Maybe offline is the new luxury destination."

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    The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports released preliminary figures for May today.

  • The match ball for the opening World Cup fixture between South Africa and Mexico.

    The World Cup is big business ... though not so much in America. Saturday, however, the U.S. men's soccer team takes on England, and I will watch! Ok, I promise to watch for at least ten minutes. To prepare myself for the experience, I've been reading up on the event

  • In what may be a spoof so hilariously on target you'll want to cry, UCBcomedy has imagined what might happen if a cup of coffee spills during an executive meeting at BP headquarters. "Sir, I think we may be underestimating the size of the spill." It goes from bad to worse. Then the Halliburton guys show up.

  • Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer

    Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer have much to debate as the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard seeks to wrest the U.S. Senate seat away from the veteran Democratic incumbent.

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