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.


  • Christmas Decoration

    I used to love Christmas-the gift giving, the time with family, the chance to eat like a pig, and the solemnity of candlelight services on Christmas Eve celebrating God's humble entry into the world. Now it just depresses me.

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    Some of you commented directly on the blog about Tailgater Monthly's list of the best colleges for pre-game partying. Many of you sent emails instead.

  • Call of Shame

    Autumn is upon us, but I see no fall off in candidates for our weekly look at finance's festering underbelly. Here's our list of nominees for The Call of Shame. Vote for your pick at the bottom. And feel free to leave a comment.

  • Yahoo CEO, Carol Bartz

    Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz got characteristically irked off this week when asked by a reporter if the media "is too obsessed with change at Yahoo." According to the San Francisco Chronicle Bartz replied, "When you get outside of New York City and Silicon Valley, everybody loves Yahoo ... I mean, why are you cynical about us? Be cynical about frickin' Google. Leave us alone."

  • Motivational Speaker

    I think motivational speakers have the hardest job in the world. Harder than being a standup comic. If I pay money to go to a comedy club, I'm choosing to be there, I'm hoping to laugh. Being forced by management into a conference room to sit and listen to someone talk to me is not usually the best part of a corporate junket.

  • College Tailgate Party

    Tailgating is big business for beer, ribs, and grills. Those who do it well are an asset to their schools...Here is Tailgater Monthly's 2009 list of the best schools for tailgating. Plus, you can vote on your favorite Party U.

  • The new proposed bid requests aren't even out yet for the Air Force's refueling tanker, but you can already bet on a protest if the $35 billion contract once again goes to Northrop Grumman/EADS.

  • Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms is not known for its sense of humor. But in its quest to promote the President's Health Care Plan, they've gone funny. Very funny. And very big.

  • "I have played by the rules my entire career with billions of dollars in projects with every mayor, every council member, every department and agency, and the unions," billionaire Rob Maguire writes in an impassioned memo last night ahead of a hearing today which may allow a fellow billionaire to compete with him in the world of aviation.

  • Remember, you can now comment directly on the blog each day, but I still welcome your emails. This week, I got a lot of angry reaction to Clint Goodrich's guest blog on Warren Buffett which I titled "The Oracle of Oma-hype?" While the majority of votes on the blog agreed with Clint, none of the emails did.

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