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

Lame duck LA Mayor Villaraigosa travels to China on trade mission

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is leading a trade delegation to China. Some question why the termed out mayor is traveling instead of Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.

Memorial Day travel: The top destinations for local getaways

Fewer Southern Californians will travel Memorial Day weekend due to lingering concerns about the economy, according to Automobile Club of Southern California.

Unemployment rate declines in Southern California

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent last month, which analysts say is a sign that the economy is steadily improving.

Southern California homes sell at fast pace in April but inventory skimpy

A real estate tracking firm said Southern California homes sold at its fastest pace for the month of April in seven years - but who is buying those homes?

Hyundai builds $200 million US headquarters in Orange County

South Korea-based Hyundai on pace to finish new $200 million U.S. headquarters in Orange County - but had considered moving to Alabama.

Wet Seal settles discrimination lawsuit for $7.5 million

Lawsuit claimed Orange County-based Wet Seal fired African American employees because it didn't fit with the retailer's brand image.

Disney CEO Robert Iger says revamped California Adventure drawing more visitors (graphic)

Disney’s $1.1 billion renovation of its California Adventure theme park in Anaheim is showing results, the company’s CEO said on Tuesday.

Disney's second quarter net income climbs 32 percent

Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday its net income increased 32 percent to $1.5 billion in the second quarter, boosted by increased sales at its theme parks and resorts.

Urban Outfitters to open in historic downtown LA

The hip clothing and kitschy gift retailer will open a store in the site of the former Rialto Theatre early next year. The theater has been closed since the 1970s.

Competition for jobs tight even as employers increase hiring

The unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in four years. But as the number of jobs increase, so does the number of applicants.

Companies spend millions to reduce air pollution

Some companies operating in Southern California are spending millions of dollars to help reduce air pollution and it’s starting to show results.

DreamWorks to buy teen YouTube network AwesomenessTV

DreamWorks Animation said Wednesday it will purchase a popular teen network on YouTube in a deal that could reach $117 million.

Unemployed Californians to see drop in unemployment benefits

More than 400,000 jobless Californians will receive less money in their federal unemployment benefits starting Sunday. The cuts are due to sequestration.

Report: California homes entering foreclosure decline 67 percent

The amount of California houses and condos starting the foreclosure process dropped to its lowest level in more than seven years, said San Diego-based DataQuick.

TSA postpones plans to allow small knives on board planes

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday it want to hear from the traveling public and those who work in commercial air travel.