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Wells in 2007.
March 31, 1961 |
Los Angeles County, California, United States
Wells writes a regular blog Funny Business on CNBC.com and serves as a contributor for WCBS Newsradio/880 in New York. Wells came from CNBC's “Upfront Tonight” where she was senior correspondent.
Wells was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Los Angeles reporter for NBC's flagship television station, WNBC, New York. She then joined CNBC in 1996, where she provided special coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil case for “Rivera Live” starring Geraldo Rivera. Her career includes reporter positions with KTTV, Los Angeles; WTVJ, Miami; and, KOB, Albuquerque. She has also taken part in several international reports for CNN.
Wells started as a news writer for KTLA in Los Angeles. Broadcast news attracted her at an early age when she heard about Barbara Walters earning a ton of money from newscasting. "I loved getting the information and spreading it around," she told a newspaper in 1999. "I thought (Walters) can get a million dollars, it seemed like a pretty good way to make a living."
In 1989, while working for KTTV she ventured into the infamous Watts' Imperial Courts housing project to uncover the story of gangs threatening local residents. She and her cameraman narrowly escaped after they were threatened by a gun-toting gang member. The experience was broadcast to give others a sense of the daily struggles of residents living in inner-city public housing projects.
Wells once said her most fascinating assignment was covering the death of Mother Teresa. After the Roman Catholic nun's death, she recalls visiting a leper colony in India.
Wells is perhaps best known for having a bit part in the cultural event of the late 1990s, the "Seinfeld" finale. She plays an on-scene reporter holding a conversation with Rivera regarding the "Seinfeld Four," making a reference to another of the rumors regarding the ending of Seinfeld. Wells says, "There's no love lost with that group. There seems to be some friction between Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes. The rumor is that they once dated and that it ended badly." Rivera responds, "Maybe this trial will end up bringing them closer together. Maybe they'll end up getting married."
Wells has a bachelor's degrees in broadcast journalism and philosophy. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. After college, she married, and she and her husband currently have two children and live in Los Angeles.
Wells has received honors, including a 1992 Peabody Award and a DuPont Award for live coverage of the Rodney King Trial. She earned a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her investigative reporting in 1992, as well. She has received UPI, Press Club and Emmy Awards for feature reporting. Wells has received three Florida Emmy Awards for news reporting. For team reporting, she received the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award.