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.
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As California faces a $24.3 billion deficit, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered state agencies under his control to stop paying contracts signed since March 1st.
Despite the fact that California's tax revenues are down 27% from a year ago, the Golden State's economy is apparently growing.
Picking up on my previous blog comparing Angelo Mozilo's private emails and public comments in 2006, which are part of the basis of an SEC civil case, one of the most interesting aspects of looking back is how analysts treated Countrywide management.
The SEC has released portions of emails it claims Angelo Mozilo wrote in 2006, part of its case of fraud and insider trading against the former Countrywide CEO. Investigators charge that Mozilo knew Countrywide was in big trouble, but didn't let investors know.
After facing record high corn prices a year ago, followed by a recession affecting consumer pocketbooks, pig farmers were hoping for a pick up in the market this spring. "This is the annual grilling season," says farmer Randy Spronk. But on April 24th, the world learned that people were dying in Mexico from a virus someone dubbed the "swine flu".
With Father's Day approaching, there's a new website about to launch which sells gifts not for the man who has everything, but who HAD everything. It's called I Used To Be Rich.com, and it plans to sell T-shirts, mugs, even golf balls bearing the slogan, "I used to be rich" along with a cartoon of a frazzled man whose emtpy pockets are turned out.
I'm once again out in Victorville, California, at Greiner Buick-Pontiac-GMC. It's beem just two weeks since my last visit, the day GM notified which dealerships would not have their contracts renewed next year. Greiner survived, and since that day, David Greiner says business has actually picked up, from about two cars sold a day to four.
From giant vats of mash to flaming barrels and a chilled glass of Kentucky champagne, here are scenes from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
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