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Jane Wells

Jane Wells
Special Correspondent, CNBC

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


  • Upside down wine labe, Casa Cassara wine

    I'm up in the Santa Ynez Valley as the harvest begins, working on an upcoming story about the wine industry. Yeah, I know, rough assignment.

  • Meat Baby

    One of my favorite headlines recently is, "Weight Watchers International Started at Underweight by Morgan Stanley".

  • Young businesswoman and family

    A couple of studies out this week go against conventional wisdom. One says that people who work for themselves are actually healthier and happier than other workers, instead of being more stressed and worried. The other study suggests that taking a shower may be hazardous to your health.

  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that he is returning the authority to choose the next Air Force refueling tanker back to the Air Force.

  • Beatles White Album

    Last week was a big week for the Fab Four. Sure, The Beatles still aren't on iTunes, but the band remastered and re-released its entire catalog on CD. We also got a look at The Beatles: Rock Band. Both the new CDs and the new videogame were released on 9-09-09, a tip of the hat to "Revolution No. 9" from "The White Album".

  • Piglet

    As if the nation's pork producers aren't angry enough over "swine flu", suffering blame in name only for a pandemic that doesn't have much to do with pigs. Now one of the premiere universities in the country is poking a little fun at the H1N1 virus, and leaving the swine industry feeling like a pig in a poke.

  • Winkers Hipnotic Jeans

    Last week we made quite a splash writing about Winkers Jeans, the jeans that "wink" at you if you are walking behind someone's...behind...who is wearing them. The YouTube video demonstrating how the jeans "work" is now closing in on 650,000 hits.

  • Turns out that on the very day Dykstra walked into the South Wilshire Beverly Jewelry and Loan, a news crew from TV Tokyo just happened to be there doing a story on the suffering local economy. I kid you not.

  • 1986 Lenny Dykstra New York Mets World Championship Trophy

    Lenny Dykstra could use some cash right now, but an upcoming auction of his World Series trophy and ring will apparently not help him. Instead, auction proceeds will go to the Beverly Hills pawn shop which claims Dykstra pawned the items but never reclaimed them.

  • Warren Buffett

    I was discussing the financial collapse with Clint Goodrich...I told him that Warren Buffett said, "When the tide goes out, you see who's been swimming naked." Goodrich rolled his eyes. Turns out, he thinks Buffett isn't much of an oracle. What?? Isn't that like saying Tiger Woods isn't much of a golfer??