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

Designer jeans companies in So. California thrive despite economy

Despite a sluggish economy, designer jeans haven’t gone out of fashion and that’s a great fit – and profit – for Southern California jeans makers.

Fresh & Easy to sell SoCal stores. Will Trader Joe's step in?

Fresh & Easy’s parent company said Wednesday it is putting the grocery chain up for sale because it didn’t become profitable fast enough.

American Airlines restarts flights out of its hubs and overseas

American Airlines said its computer systems are restored, but expect delays and cancellations of flights for the rest of the day.

Poppies season not popping at Lancaster Poppy Reserve

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve had a zero percent bloom this year. It's the fourth straight year where the poppies have not been in full bloom.

Consumers are using more screens, and companies adapt (poll)

More consumers are watching TV shows on other devices such as a laptop or smart phone. That's causing networks to change the way they market to viewers.

JC Penney replaces CEO Ron Johnson

Change is made after a strategy to cut down on coupons and steep discounts hasn't produced returns. Myron Ullman returns to JC Penney as CEO.

AT&T West reaches tentative agreement with workers

The agreement ends the threat of a strike, though it must still be approved by a majority of the union's 18,000 members in California and Nevada.

Wet Seal promotes two executives to help reenergize business

Wet Seal promoted two executives to help reenergize its company, which posted a nearly $86 million net loss in its fourth quarter.

The Next Mission: Some veterans struggle adapting to college life

Many vets are entering Southern California schools under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It helps student vets and their families pay for tuition, books and housing.

AT&T West workers, company resume contract talks

AT&T West unionized workers in California and Nevada reported to work as contract negotiations continue.

Altadena businesses: We can't match Walmart's prices (Photos)

Altadena small businesses hoped the new Walmart Neighborhood Market would attract new customers and increase sales. So far, the crowds are only streaming to Walmart. See how the prices compare.

Thousands of AT&T workers reject contract, could strike

Unionized AT&T workers range from call center workers to technicians. Workers did not approve the three-year contract because they disagreed with the wages and health care plans offered by AT&T.

Beekeepers sue EPA, want two pesticides banned

Beekeepers, consumer and environmental groups, filed a lawsuit against the EPA for approving two pesticides they say harm honeybees.

Honeybee shortage could harm world supply of almonds (Photos)

A nationwide shortage of honeybees could begin harming the global supply of almonds, which are largely grown in California, farmers and biologists say.

Killer whales spotted off the coast of Newport Beach (Video)

Killer whales were spotted off the coast of Newport Beach on Saturday afternoon, the first sighting in Orange County this year.