Funny Business with Jane Wells

Jane Wells

Jane Wells
CNBC Reporter

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 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.

Follow Jane Wells on Twitter @janewells.


  • Cost of healthcare

    I asked the doctor, "If I pay you cash today and handle the paperwork, what discount will you give me?" "Fifteen percent," he responded.

  • I jokingly refer to him as "Mr. Happy" because he's such a downer, but he's someone who calls it as he sees it. During his speech he put up a picture of Michael Jackson and told the audience, "Why did Michael Jackson die? Because he surrounded himself with people who told him what he wanted to hear."

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    Oscar winning director Ron Howard has gathered together alums from Saturday Night Live—plus Jim Carrey—for a hilarious take on the challenges President Barack Obama faces in creating a consumer agency "to protect families".

  • Mikhail Prokhorov

    Call it the worst escrow ever. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's $9 billion nickel magnate, is out nearly $56 million. His deal to buy a massive villa on the French Riviera fell through.

  • Porn for the Bride

    The porn industry is targeted mostly at men. Most women—not all—don't find watching plasticized over-endowed naked people rolling around much of a turn on. So, guys, how do you get your gals all worked up?

  • Donut and Coffee

    For more than a dozen years, the B&B Do It Center in Camarillo, CA, has been offering free doughnuts and coffee to customers. Not anymore.

  • Earth and Moon

    Many in Congress and the aerospace industry think NASA is engaging in funny business when it comes to the future of space. The space agency this week is taking a lot of heat for farming out a lot of post-Shuttle work to smaller commercial contractors, so that NASA can focus on Mars. .

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    A massive "snowmageddon" which dropped 32 inches on the $60 million facility back on February 6th is still trapping 18 planes inside, nearly three weeks later.

  • Networking

    I'm thinking I should rename this blog The Dopeler Effect. Or at least use that title for the occasional post.

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    We keep talking about deflation. Here are three disturbing examples you won't hear from Ben Bernanke this week.

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