Funny Business with Jane Wells

Jane Wells

Jane Wells
Special Correspondent, CNBC

Jane Wells develops features, special reports and series for CNBC and 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.


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    The Cognito PR group has done it again. Last year, to add a little levity to the miserable doldrums of Wall Street, Cognito came up with some special cocktails for its holiday party with names like the CosmoPaulson and the TARPatini.

  • A woman makes a shopping list in front of a department store's Christmas window display.

    We keep talking about consumers. I decided to talk to them, instead. Specifically, consumers who've seen their incomes take a nosedive. Where are they shopping this holiday season? How much do they plan to spend?

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    In what may be the nastiest spat since the days when Vegas handled disputes outside of court—if you get my meaning—Watanabe has filed a lawsuit accusing Hurrah's of plying him with alcohol and prescription drugs in an attempt to keep him gambling. In the end, he says he lost more than $100 million.

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    Now, as much as World Toilet Day just screams Funny Business, maybe I need to hold off on the adolescent guffawing I'm known for.

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    No one reads newspapers anymore, everyone speeds through commercials on their DVRs, and people generally have the attention span of a gnat. What's an advertiser to do to get your attention? Where can marketers hold you captive?

  • Wanna smell like Elvis? Joan Crawford? Nixon? I mean, smell like them when they were alive?

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    It may be the strangest shortage since the world went nuts over tulips. Eggo Waffles have nearly disappeared from store shelves.

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    I got an email which merits a Funny Business blog based solely on its title: "Text messages may increase use of sunscreen."

  • From "Balloon Boy" hoaxes to beauty queens who make their own sex tapes, we are a nation of goofballs. So much funny business—like two experienced pilots who miss their destination and don't realize they're out of contact with controllers for over an hour...because they were trying to figure out the new scheduling program.

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    With the economy refusing to get up, like some drunken frat boy the morning after, it's come to my attention that Harvard faces a dire dilemma: how to attract the few students whose parents still have money.

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