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 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.

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  • Norma Kamali didn't exactly see the recession coming. She just happened to be positioned perfectly when it hit.

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    As if the global recession wasn't bad enough for business-farmers are still losing on average $25 a hog as they continue to thin herds to meet diminished demand. But piling on is everyone who still calls the H1N1 virus "swine flu".

  • Monday Night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers has broken the record for the most watched sporting event on cable television.

  • McDonald's Meal

    According to a study by the Health division of the RAND Corp., restrictions on the availability of fast food in poorer neighborhoods of Los Angeles "are unlikely to improve the diet of residents or reduce obesity."

  • Palin XBox

    A Microsoft Xbox360 which appears to sport the autograph of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is back up on Ebay, maintaining its original asking price of $1.1 million. Thanks to Funny Business readers who alerted me.

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    Dr. Soon-Shiong is spending $1 billion of a fortune he acquired building and selling drug firm APP Pharmaceuticals. With that money he is hiring the brightest minds in the world to create a smart grid for medical information. He describes it as a “Bell Labs of healthcare”, “a public utility”, and “a medical information superhighway.”

  • An auction of Lenny Dykstra memorabilia today brought in more than twice the amount of original estimates.

  • Lots of great emails this week, most of them about the blogs on Christmas decorations already for sale, and the Embassy Suites contest for funniest business travel blunder.

  • Call of Shame

    It's been a weird week, and we have a weird list of outrageously less-than-stellar performances in the world of business. Here are our nominees. Vote for your favorite in the poll below.

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    Tomorrow, Heritage Auctions will be selling Lenny Dykstra's World Series ring, his trophy, and other items he pawned a few months ago but never reclaimed.

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