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 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.


  • Layaway

    Remember layaway? I think I put my prom dress on layaway. That was back in the Stone Age, when banks weren't handing out credit cards like toilet paper.

  • Swine Flu Plush Toy

    You knew it would happen. Someone is marketing a swine flu plush toy.

  • Fashion Island Parking

    An update on the blog yesterday about UC Irvine management professor Robert Mancuso, who sent me photos of how empty the multimillion dollar parking lot is at the swanky Fashion Island mall in Newport Beach.

  • California For Sale

    As promised, the Governor is putting several state surplus items, including 500 vehicles, up for auction this Friday and Saturday to help close the budget gap. But some of those items are already up for sale on eBay.

  • The Washington Post this week pulled the curtain back on a new product, Doc Bottoms Aspray, the first "all over" deodorant that "goes where other deodorants can't". The following YouTube video proceed to show us just exactly what that means. It's gotten over 300,000 hits in a month.

  • Crasher Squirrel

    And it begins. Here are my six picks for best (or weirdest) financially-themed use of the now-famous "Crasher Squirrel" of Banff, the critter that's been popping up in every piece of pop culture.

  • Fashion Island Parking

    This weekend I moved my daughter back down to Orange County for school. She and a roommate are renting an apartment. How has the economy changed? We got a nicer apartment for $200 a month LESS. Plus $500 off the security deposit.

  • Hamster

    Monday got you down? Here's a website guaranteed to make you smile. It's so cute! Then it just keeps getting... cuter. Finally, you feel kind of sick.

  • The Lenny Dykstra bankruptcy saga is like a reality TV show, which is exactly what he says he's working on ("Tough as Nails"? "Nailed"? "Biting Nails"? "Hang Nails"?). There will be no lack of drama.

  • Chief Brody and squirrel

    Please submit your "Crasher Squirrel" photo with a financial theme to the blog email at the bottom for the latest "Funny Business Contest With a Pathetic Prize."

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