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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.

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  • Megan Fox and Rose Boy

    As I blogged yesterday, Eastman Kodak put up a $5,000 reward to identify the young man attempting to give starlet Megan Fox a yellow rose at a London movie premiere, only to be unintentionally snubbed during the rush of paparazzi. The boy has been found.

  • Michael Jackson

    I drove into Hollywood at 2:15a, and as I walked up to Michael Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame, I had to navigate a small throng. Jackson's star has prime real estate on Hollywood Boulevard.

  • Money makes some people crazy. And no one can exploit that better than the Russians. According to an Austrian newspaper called Wirtschaftsblatt....Russian luxury ocean liners are offering customers "pirate hunting cruises".

  • Bernard L. Madoff

    Bernard Madoff's attorney this week told the judge that a 12-year sentence would be appropriate for the man who destroyed the livelihoods of so many. Madoff faces a maximum sentence of 150 years. Now "Fake Bernie" wants you to have a say.

  • California may run out of money by the end of July, but it will start issuing IOU's a week from today.

  • Jon & Kate Gosselin

    It's hard to walk away from a gold mine, but Discovery Communications' TLC is doing just that. After more than ten million viewers tuned in this week to learn that Jon & Kate Gosselin were divorcing, the show is going on hiatus until August, following a retrospective next week. How long have the Gosselins been estranged? What did TLC know and when did it know it?

  • Megan Fox and Rose Boy

    Eastman Kodak is offering $5,000 to the person who can identify “Rose Boy”, the teenager inadvertently snubbed while trying to deliver a yellow rose to Megan Fox. The starlet is reportedly upset that she missed the young man’s attempts to hand her a flower during the hubbub of premiere night in London for the new “Transformers” film.

  • I know there are big problems out there. Iran. North Korea. Myanmar. Darfur. But I can only think, hope, and pray, on these tragedies. Then I have to lighten the mood a bit.

  • Fake Steve Jobs is back! Eleven months after Newsweek’s Dan Lyons seemingly retired the hilarious online “diary” of the prickly Apple co-founder, Lyons has, for whatever reason, returned.

  • That title sounds like a cheesy infomercial pitch. How can businesses forced to cut costs grow sales at the same time? I was skeptical when I heard about a new book by veteran consultants Chip Bell and John Patterson called "Take Their Breath Away". Ok.