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.


  • Jane for Governor

    California State Controller John Chiang reported some long-overdue positive news about the state's finances this week. After months of missing budget projections, in December tax revenues came in $481 million above estimates. This positive change was due to a sharp increase in income taxes.

  • "I don't remember where you're from. I don't even remember your name." But the beautiful blond in the video wants to find you, because you're the father of her baby boy. He was conceived during a one-night Denmark. 

  • Jane for Governor

    The flurry of suggested campaign slogans for my fake run for Governor once again proves that this nation can pull together in a common purpose.

  • California Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger

    In his final State of the State speech, 62-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined what he called his "Sophie's Choice"—where to cut in a state which has already seen tens of billions in spending cuts.

  • Jane for Governor

    Larry Kudlow and Melissa Francis have been encouraging me to run for Governor of California. They're joking. Sort of. After all, could I be any worse? Hey, there's a campaign motto!


    Nothing like starting the new year as a big fat failure. The dating Web site has thinned itself of members deemed too fat, according to the BBC.

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    Online spending increased substantially this holiday, even though it's still a small player in the overall scheme of retail. Still, most economic experts say America has too many stores, and 2010 will see more shrinkage in the brick and mortar world.

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    Happy New Year! Time to resolve to do better, to enjoy life, and to become annoyed with people who tell you to do stop and smell the coffee.

  • Michael Jackson

    We made it! The year is just about over, and we’re still standing. Congratulations. I’m off next week, vowing to step away from the computer/Blackberry/blogosphere. Wish me luck. .

  • CBS

    Looking for a last minute gift for the woman you love? Skip the little blue box. CBS suggests you get her “the gift of a pap smear.”

  • Jane Wells

    Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for