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

Southern California home sales hit 8 year high in July

A real estate tracking firm said Wednesday that Southern California home sales hit an eight-year high in July. The median price for homes sold in six counties was $385,000.

Less Star Wars, more Marvel discussed at Disney's D23 Expo

Walt Disney Co. will reveal the latest about its upcoming films, games and other products to Disney fans at its D23 Expo — but they say not to expect much Star Wars.

Sharp Fire: Small fire burns near Wrightwood; homes being evacuated

A wildfire near Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains is burning 45 acres and several mountain communities are being evacuated ahead of flames.

Washington Post to be sold: Is the Los Angeles Times next?

Jeffrey Bezos, CEO of Amazon, plans to purchase the Washington Post and other publishing assets for $250 million. What does this mean for the Los Angeles Times?

Inglewood Forum to get multimillion-dollar makeover (360 video)

The Forum is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover as the new owner unveils plans to restore it to a venue that can once again draw the biggest names in pop music.

Can brands ride wave of 'US Open of Surfing' to elevate sales?

Surf's up as the Vans "U.S. Open of Surfing" is underway this week in Huntington Beach. But profits for many surf apparel retailers are down.

Korean beer Hite gains fans at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers said that Dodger Stadium is the first major league ballpark to sell a Korean beer, part of its program to offer items from the diverse community.

Families cut back on back to school spending

The average family will spend about $635 on school supplies, clothing and electronics, $54 less than a year ago, said the National Retail Federation.

California's June unemployment rate drops to 8.5 percent

State employers added thousands of new jobs, which helped drop the unemployment rate. Strong job gains were seen in the areas of leisure and hospitality.

Barbie sales decline 12 percent in second quarter

Is Barbie losing her cool factor? One analyst says the age range that children play with Barbies is shrinking, causing some kids to buy Monster High dolls.

LAEDC: SoCal unemployment drops, but job growth still slow

Jobs are being steadily added and home prices are increasing in Southern California, but they're still below pre-recession levels, according to a new report.

Tribune Co., owner of LA Times, wants to split into 2 companies

Tribune Company, the owner of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV, said Wednesday it wants to split its broadcasting and publishing businesses into two companies.

Coalition voices concerns over Hollywood skyscrapers

More than 40 community groups say skyscrapers planned near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street could increase traffic in the area.

5 top ways to save money on July Fourth holiday travel

KPCC talked to travel experts about saving money on airfare, hotel and sightseeing during the Fourth of July holiday. One way is to book a room with a kitchenette.

Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion

Tribune Co. says it has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC's 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion in cash. Tribune currently owns 23 TV stations.