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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    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, 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.

  • GM auto dealership with sign.

    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.

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    There's a new breed of Americans stocking up on canned goods and ammunition. It's not the guy hiding out in a backwoods shack. It's your neighbor.

  • Got a job? That's nice. New car? Good for you. But all the bling in the world may not make you as attractive to a potential mate as...a healthcare plan.

  • Brits working Cartoon

    I thought that blogging from Hawaii while I was on vacation was bad. Ok, it was. But a new survey from UK firm Credant Technologies reveals that one in four city workers surveyed in London work on their laptops IN BED for at least two hours a week.

  • GM logo, General Motors logo

    It's a tough day waiting for the mail. Hundreds of GM dealerships are getting letters telling them that time is running out, that it's unlikely their franchise contracts with the automaker will be renewed. Most of those contracts expire in October of NEXT year, so this doesn't mean 1,100 dealerships are disappearing overnight.

  • taco_bell_mug.jpg

    In what may be my favorite story of the day, police say a suspected cocaine dealer led them on a 90 mile per hour chase in Indiana, when he suddenly stopped at Taco Bell.

  • Old man thinking

    Have you been wanting to go back to school but keep putting it off? Do it. It'll be good for you. The United Way has unveiled a new calculator today which predicts how one's level of education can indicate future income and lifespan. This calculator actually does it on a county-by-county basis for the entire U.S.

  • california_cash.jpg

    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.

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