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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.


  • Fortnight Lingerie's "Super Sexy CPR"

    A company called Fortnight Lingerie wanted to generate buzz about its sexy products, but how do you get the word out in a world dominated by Victoria's Secret. The Canadian firm hired some PR folks who put their noggins together. The result: pure genius.

  • Michael Jackson

    Los Angeles is broke. But that's no reason not to party in style, as long as it doesn't cost taxpayers. The Lakers are now world champions, and they will have a much deserved hometown parade. Team spokesman John Black tells CNBC the Lakers organization will pick up the entire cost of the celebration scheduled for Monday, which will be "close to $2 million."

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    The business of hunting down one of the best in the business. No, not Lady Gaga. When it was revealed that the pop super star took cover at a Mets game last week in Jerry Seinfeld's luxury box, the Mets organization apologized...to Seinfeld. Sounds like a great plot for his old show.

  • Kathy Griffin

    NBC Universal, parent company of CNBC, will kick off its first Healthy Week on Monday. It's the latest effort to get America moving. Healthier people — so the studies prove — work harder, live longer, and put less of a burden on the healthcare system.

  • SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft with solar panels deployed

    Elon Musk sounded almost giddy on the conference call with reporters. Space Exploration, or SpaceX, a company he founded with his PayPal fortune, landed what is believed to be the largest commercial rocket launch contract ever.

  • NJ Turnpike Toll

    New Jersey, one could argue, is the Rodney Dangerfield of America. The Garden State has been the butt of more jokes than, well, BP. And now this. Comedian Rob Ryan and "The Reel Public" have spoofed Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" in "Newark State of Mind."

  • Vuvuzela

    The World Cup won't ban the bane of soccer viewers—the vuvuzela. ESPN/ABC may tweak the sound mix to filter out some of the noise from the ubiquitous South African horns, and the BBC may try to nix the blowhard audio altogether.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo has already been linked to Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, but I've never heard of him. Neither have most Americans. You'll be hearing a lot more about him. Or, maybe I should say, you'll be seeing a lot more of him.

  • Jeffrey Gundlach was at the top of his game last fall, managing over $70 billion in bond fund assets for his long-time employer, TCW.

  • Diane von Furstenberg

    Among the most interesting things I've heard here is a talk on whether Facebook and other social media sites are a good place to sell luxury. Maybe not. While it may be a good way to draw in younger consumers who trust their friends' opinions, there is a sense of "connection fatigue." The most provocative statement of the day: "Maybe offline is the new luxury destination."