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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    I need your help. I'm looking for high-intensity shoppers demanding the absolute lowest prices this holiday season.

  • If you're like me, just looking at a glass of iced tea or coffee or wine makes you have to go to the bathroom. I sometimes wonder what's the point of actually drinking the stuff—I should just pour it down the flusher and save time. Sound familiar? Then I have the BEST JOB EVER for you.

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    Bud Kays of Microflight/Plantraco originally thought he might sell 1,000 of the $20 specially-outfitted balloons, then, as media coverage exploded, he "raised guidance" to between 2,000 and 3,000.

  • Barbie Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken Doll

    There is one man in Palm Beach who hasn't lost his fortune in a Ponzi scheme: Ken. For those of you who thought Barbie's boyfriend couldn't be any more emasculated, Mattel is releasing the "Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken".

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    Did you know that October is also the month where the entire country needs to think about repairing its toilets?

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    It appears the federal government wants people to get the H1N1 flu vaccine this winter, though it would be nice if there were actually enough doses available. I say "it appears" the government wants us to get vaccinated, but I'm not sure.

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    I was invited to attend the premiere of "This Is It" Tuesday night at the Nokia Theater, where I was joined by a few thousand of my closest friends like Will Smith, Paula Abdul, four of Michael Jackson's brothers, and J-Lo (heard she was there, didn't see her).

  • Frank & Jamie McCourt

    Former Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt has filed for divorce from her husband of 30 years, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. In what promises to be a very bitter proceeding, Mrs. McCourt cites irreconcilable differences, and is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in spousal support.

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    Lenny Dykstra's bankruptcy case has been converted from a Chapter 11 reorganization to a Chapter 7 liquidation. Judge Geraldine Mund said bluntly, "Right now it looks like everything is under water."

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    Individual patients seeking healthcare solutions beyond our borders is nothing new. What is new is that Corporate America, facing rising medical costs, is considering sending employees overseas, and paying the bill.

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