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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  • 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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  • Korean Air

    America's on sale and the world wants in. First there were the Chinese house hunters. Now there are the Korean commercial developers.

  • The Office

    This is Administrative Professionals Week, according to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. But just as one form or process is never enough to satisfy any administrative bureaucracy, one week isn't enough to celebrate administrative bureaucrats.

  • Financial Cards

    Remember the Iraqi "Most Wanted" playing cards which were a hit in 2003? Millions of decks sold. Now an out-of-work financial services worker named Jason Witt is hoping to cash in on the "Financial Crisis Most Wanted Playing Cards".

  • Your Job, Your Life | A CNBC Special Report

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