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 CNBC.com 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.
Despite the fact that California's tax revenues are down 27% from a year ago, the Golden State's economy is apparently growing.
Picking up on my previous blog comparing Angelo Mozilo's private emails and public comments in 2006, which are part of the basis of an SEC civil case, one of the most interesting aspects of looking back is how analysts treated Countrywide management.
The SEC has released portions of emails it claims Angelo Mozilo wrote in 2006, part of its case of fraud and insider trading against the former Countrywide CEO. Investigators charge that Mozilo knew Countrywide was in big trouble, but didn't let investors know.
After facing record high corn prices a year ago, followed by a recession affecting consumer pocketbooks, pig farmers were hoping for a pick up in the market this spring. "This is the annual grilling season," says farmer Randy Spronk. But on April 24th, the world learned that people were dying in Mexico from a virus someone dubbed the "swine flu".
With Father's Day approaching, there's a new website about to launch which sells gifts not for the man who has everything, but who HAD everything. It's called I Used To Be Rich.com, and it plans to sell T-shirts, mugs, even golf balls bearing the slogan, "I used to be rich" along with a cartoon of a frazzled man whose emtpy pockets are turned out.
I'm once again out in Victorville, California, at Greiner Buick-Pontiac-GMC. It's beem just two weeks since my last visit, the day GM notified which dealerships would not have their contracts renewed next year. Greiner survived, and since that day, David Greiner says business has actually picked up, from about two cars sold a day to four.
I thought that blogging from Hawaii while I was on vacation was bad. Ok, it was. But a new survey from UK firm Credant Technologies reveals that one in four city workers surveyed in London work on their laptops IN BED for at least two hours a week.
It's a tough day waiting for the mail. Hundreds of GM dealerships are getting letters telling them that time is running out, that it's unlikely their franchise contracts with the automaker will be renewed. Most of those contracts expire in October of NEXT year, so this doesn't mean 1,100 dealerships are disappearing overnight.
Former Wall Street financier Chris Andersen has spent a lifetime raising money on Wall Street. Now he's raising pigs.
"Schmacon is the evolution and, frankly, it's maybe the revolution in bacon," says the creator of beef-based bacon.
A Long Island law firm has formed a charity, called Senior Dreams, to help grant the wishes of needy seniors.
SideChef, an app designed for amateur cooks, helps teach step-by-step recipe basics to would-be chefs.
Who is Gotham's "Funniest Person in Finance" -- a trader? a financial advisor? an IT guy? Click ahead to find out!
Former college football coach Barry Switzer has turned a man cave in his Oklahoma home into a base for Coaches' Cabana.
Apeks Supercritical sells an extraction machine for medical marijuana users who prefer consuming oils over smoking the plant.