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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.


  • 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.

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  • California's unemployment rate has soared to a record high, 11.5 percent. Even if people have jobs, many of them are seeing their hours cut. Many of the newly unemployed are looking for extra work as...extras.

  • Fly

    And you thought PETA sending President Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher was the end of the Presidential Fly Flap. The most hilarious twist yet in the uproar over the President's quick dispatch of a fly to fly heaven is an interview with...the fly's widow.

  • This week we could've talked about bankruptcies, California's never-ending money problems, or the ex-con arrested for filing IRS claims saying he was owed TRILLIONS, but there's too much other good stuff. So, here are our nominees and winner.

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a gag gift, literally, to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg as wrangling over the budget began in earnest last week.

  • Janice Dickinson on NBC's "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!"

    Reality TV has become big business by bringing viewers extremes--extremes in talent, cunning, self-absorption, and outrageous behavior. But one show reveals America's secret weapon: Janice Dickinson.

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  • Mattress Wallet

    No update on that poor Israeli woman who surprised her mom with a new mattress, throwing the old one away, only to discover too late that the old "lumpy" mattress was stuffed with $1 million mom had been saving. Last word was that the daughter was scouring all the landfills around Tel Aviv. So was everyone else.