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

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.

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.