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.
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Catching up on reader email, and there is plenty of it.
A Cleveland area chain called Melt Bar and Grilled is offering people 25 percent off for life to any customer who has the restaurant's logo permanently tattooed onto his or her body. Is anyone really that hungry to "ink a deal"? (Pun courtesy of a WKYC story on the website).
I'm reporting live today from MGM Mirage's CityCenter project, which is finally opening. For the first time, I got to speak with one of the people buying a condo in the massive complex. David Tuttleman has no plans to abandon his purchase, a bright spot amid concerns that many buyers may walk away from their 20 percent deposits.
They said it would never happen. Well, some did, anyway. Six years after MGM Mirage conceived what may be the biggest gamble in Las Vegas history—a gamble which threatened to bankrupt the company—the crown jewel of its $8.5 billion CityCenter development opens this week.