Funny Business with Jane Wells

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.


  • Saint Joseph Homer Seller Statue Kit

    There's a lot of funny business out there, ideas which don't always make sense...Then there are the ideas which may seem silly to some, but have merit to others. Like burying a statue of St. Joseph in your yard to quicken the sale of a home.

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    During the go-go days of lending in California (and Nevada, and Florida, and...), people who could prove they had a pulse were hired as mortgage brokers or loan officers. They made loans to other people who could prove they had a pulse, even if they didn't need to prove income. It did not turn out well.

  • Honda last week reported its best quarterly operating profit in over two years, thanks in large part to a 38 percent jump in deliveries in Asia. The company hopes to improve sales in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives, including better inventory management of the subcompact Honda Fit. It will also launch a hybrid version of the Fit in Japan later this year. .

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    Sure, Goldman Sachs had to pay the largest ever SEC fine to settle charges it wasn't honest with clients about who was behind trades in bad mortgages. And, sure, people think less of Goldman Sachs than they do of BP... But the company, and its CEO, are beloved by one important group—Goldman Sachs employees.

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    Goldman Sachs is banning profanity from office emails, according to the Wall Street Journal. Score one for Lloyd Blankfein. I'm sick of this, uh, well you know "stuff."

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    People aren't spending as much money in Las Vegas. They are spending more time at the pool. Strange as it may sound, crowds are giving up the comforts of an air-conditioned casino to eat, drink and be sweaty in 110 degree heat.

  • Phil Ruffin is a patient man. He snapped up Treasure Island from MGM Resorts International spacer at a relative bargain two years ago, paying about $755 million. Cash.

  • Marijuana plants

    A web site called Cannabuddies allows people to "adopt" virtual (not real) pot leaves. Leaves named "Chocolope" and "Train Wreck" will grow for you, produce buds, and even "speak", hoping to inform listeners about the benefits of pot.

  • Lindsay Lohan's booking photo.

    In what may be one of the more obscure tie-ins to the Lohan saga, the Insurance Information Network of California ran some numbers on what it might cost Lohan to legally drive in California.

  • Cows waiting to be milked

    The funny, far-reaching business of regulatory reform. "I don't think anybody has read it," says cowboy Brett Crosby of the 2,300-page FinReg bill. "War and peace is only 1,400 pages, for crying out loud, and people don't even read that."

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