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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    Ok, I realize that headline is a little over the top. But let me summarize recent developments in the Golden State, and you judge for yourself.

  • Hemp Plant

    What if Americans could buy cigarettes but were banned from growing tobacco? Buy bread but not allowed to grow wheat? That is the case with industrial hemp, a product in everything from car doors to milk...legally.

  • Twitter

    Like a 2009 version of "Less Filling" versus "Tastes Great", there's a smackdown going on in cyberland over whether Twitter has legs.

  • Wuest Diagnostics

    Talk about a silver lining! Quest Diagnostics reports that US workers are not using as much cocaine. Or meth.

  • Aretha Franklin

    Apparently there are so many fans wanting to buy the same hat Aretha Franklin wore to President Obama's inauguration that the Queen of Soul wants a cut of sales.

  • In what may be the most unique program to tackle the housing crisis, the Silicon Valley community of Menlo Park is offering to take over some debt of homeowners who are 90 days late on their mortgages.

  • P-3 Orion

    The funny business of defense procurement. The fate of the Air Force's refueling tanker program remains, well, up in the air. While politicians are pressuring the Pentagon to split the order between the original winner, Northrop Grumman/EADS and challenger Boeing, Defense Secretary Robert Gates still prefers a "winner take all" decision. Some speculate it may require a Presidential veto to ensure the Pentagon gets its way.

  • Aig Headquarters

    Is AIG worse than Ticketmaster? Bank of America worse than Comcast? Call them Bad Company, the Final Four.

  • It may be the most exciting two minutes in sports, but most people who watch the Kentucky Derby this weekend will not watch another horse race this year. Clint Goodrich...a futures trader who, with his wife, has spent most of his life in racing, as a rider, trainer owner shares his insights into how the economy is impacting the sport of kings.

  • Hawaii

    As Hawaii celebrates the big 5-0 in statehood, the Aloha State struggles through an economic downturn. I'm here this week on vacation, (don't tell my husband I'm blogging), and things have changed since last year.

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