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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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  • Goldman Sachs Hearing on Capitol Hill

    Watching the Senate hearings on Goldman Sachs is both educational and entertaining. I call it a "rumble" for rich white guys.

  • Resurrection Jeans

    Remember when denim jeans were a working man's wardrobe? Gloria Vanderbilt and Jordache changed all that over 30 years ago ("You've got the look I want to know better...."). But it hasn't been until the last few years that expensive jeans went from $80 to $280. Now the price is nearing $1,000.

  • Apple iPad

    Just as Israel is lifting the ban on iPads, one Californian has learned there is a limit to how many you can buy. In one lifetime.

  • I guess working for the SEC can be pretty dull. So dull that one employee allegedly tried to get through a porn-blocking firewall SIXTEEN THOUSAND TIMES. Late night comedians can have fun with this, but few of them probably know what the SEC does. Bill Singer knows.

  • Priced at $150 million, Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion is on the market.

    The widow of producer Aaron Spelling, has been trying to sell The Manor for a year. She's asking $150 million, which makes it the most expensive home on the market in the world. Mrs. Spelling figures CNBC's global audience might include potential buyers.

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    One of the greatest drawbacks to driving an electric car is the need to recharge it after 50 to 80 miles. Worrying about whether an electric car can go the distance is called "range anxiety", and a Santa Monica company with roots in Israel plans to change that.

  • It was fun while it lasted. The "etiquette" posters which a New York artist has put up in the Subway system are apparently themselves an example of bad behavior.

  • Lockheed Martin's F-35 making its maiden flight on April 20, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas

    Lockheed Martin reported better than expected earnings Wednesday, if you take out new health care costs. However, one of the biggest questions facing the defense giant is the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

  • Subway Etiquette sign by Jason Shelowitz

    Stop clipping your nails on the Subway. Someone had to say it. Artist Jason Shelowitz just did. Shelowitz, aka "jayshells", rides the New York Subway. A lot. Certain behaviors send him and his friends over the edge. "I decided it was time to say something," he tells me.