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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.


  • Marijuana joint

    With California facing few palatable options—deeper cuts, higher taxes—some at the state level are considering legalizing marijuana and taxing it.

  • las_vegas_sign_200.jpg

    The numbers are out for Las Vegas, and they look promising. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports that the number of visitors to Sin City in November rose nearly three percent from the year before, to 2.9 million people.

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    I’ll let you in on a little secret. TV news reporters can be very lazy—yours truly included. We often have to throw stories together pretty quickly, so we don’t always take time to freshen them up with new “b-roll”. B-roll is the video you see while you hear a reporter speak, as opposed to “a-roll”, which consists of interview soundbites.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Three things. First, vote for the best "cam-pain" slogan for my fake run for California Governor. The winner will be announced later this week. Regarding my platform, I may steal some ideas from Bill Whalen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

  • Cows in a meadow

    I'm in Seattle for the annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation, where farmers say they're under siege by environmentalists who want to impose living standards on livestock and push cap and trade limits on carbon emissions. Farmers are also smarting from generally low food prices this year as consumers pulled back on eating out or buying meat.

  • 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 stand...in 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!