Wendy Lee Business & Economics Reporter

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Wendy Lee is a Business and Economics Reporter for Southern California Public Radio.

Before joining KPCC, Wendy was a business reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and The Tennessean in Nashville. Her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Houston Chronicle.

A California native, Lee graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in history. She likes to travel, cook, karaoke and is always ready for new adventures.


Stories by Wendy Lee

Fresh & Easy files for bankruptcy protection

Fresh & Easy leased property when rental prices were high, then failed to generate enough sales. Analysts say the chain will try to cancel some of those leases.

Knott's 'Haunt' vs. Universal's 'Horror Nights': Theme parks prepare for Halloween battle

Knott's Berry Farm kicked off one of the first Halloween scare fests. Now the theme park competition is on, to deliver the most "boo" for your buck.

Delayed unemployment checks to resume starting Thursday

The department said it would temporarily waive its eligibility screening to address the backlog of claims and recover any overpayments later.

Thousands forced to wait for delayed unemployment benefits

A glitch in the newly launched payment processing system, which was supposed to make things more efficient, has delayed delivery of thousands of unemployment benefit checks.

Pope finds support among many Catholics at Sunday mass

Pope Francis wants the church to focus on love and service rather than homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives. Many, but not all, LA Catholics agree.

Gov. Brown signs California coastal conservation tax bill

Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he'd signed a bill to add a checkbox on California state income returns to give charitable contributions to costal conservation efforts.

California adds jobs in August, but unemployment rate rises

Job gains were in areas like leisure and hospitality, construction and financial services. California's unemployment rate is still higher than the nation's.

Boeing to end C-17 cargo plane production and close Long Beach plant

Boeing will be eliminating thousands of jobs by 2015, when it closes its Long Beach assembly plant and stops production of the C-17 cargo plane.

Financial crash 5 years later: L.A.'s economy still recouping losses

Even though job growth in California is outpacing many states in the nation, the recovery has been uneven, according to some local economists.

L.A. County health care jobs growing, construction and retail rebounding

View Los Angeles County employment data since 2003 by economic sector and see which industries were hardest hit by the recession.

NPR to cut staff 10 percent, names SoCal businessman interim CEO

The network will offer voluntary buyouts to reduce its staff and cut deficits. Interim CEO Paul Haaga will replace outgoing chief Gary Knell.

Forecast: Calif. to outpace nation in job growth

But an uneven recovery will leave unskilled workers behind, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

Hundreds of union leaders and supporters meet in LA

The future of the nation’s organized labor movement may emerge from California, where last year unions added 100,000 members.

Dumpling house Din Tai Fung comes to Glendale, Costa Mesa

Din Tai Fung will open a new restaurant in Glendale in October. The restaurant says it will expand its audience in a city that is mostly white.

New Walmart store opening soon in LA's Chinatown (poll)

New Walmart store opening in L.A.'s Chinatown soon. Groups opposed to the store may picket when it opens this month.