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 tries to woo customers back to its stores

Fresh & Easy sent out e-mails to shoppers on Thursday, telling them it doesn’t plan to close stores, in an effort to woo them back.

Updated: Bank of America says website, phone banking service restored

Bank of America's website and automated phone banking service went down Friday morning, affecting many customers who were unable to access their accounts.

Southern California companies betting millions on Super Bowl ads

Some Southern California companies – including LA-based Paramount Farms – are betting millions of dollars on Super Bowl commercials they hope will pay off.

Updated: Southern California companies betting millions on Super Bowl ads (video)

Some Southern California companies – including LA-based Paramount Farms – are betting millions of dollars on Super Bowl commercials they hope will pay off.

Super Bowl fans will spend more money this year than last

The National Retail Federation says more than 179 million people will watch the Super Bowl, spending nearly $12.3 billion, up 12 percent from last year.

85°C, the Starbucks of Taiwan, expands in CA (Photos)

85°C, a Taiwan-based bakery and cafe, plans to add five more U.S. stores this year. The chain has stores in Irvine, West Covina and Hacienda Heights.

'Starbucks of Taiwan' – 85 Degrees C – expands in CA (Photos)

85°C, a Taiwan-based bakery and cafe, plans to add five more U.S. stores this year. The chain has stores in Irvine, West Covina and Hacienda Heights.

Second hand store franchise eyes Southern California

Winmark Corp., the parent company of Plato's Closets, said it is recruiting more franchisees to open second hand stores in Southern California.

Mochi ice cream: Bad texture led to popular dessert

Joel Friedman, CEO of Mikawaya, invented mochi ice cream. He gives us an inside look into the creation of one of the most popular Asian fusion desserts.

Dunkin' Donuts plans to open 170 SoCal stores

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Wednesday it is returning to Southern California with a wave of new stores, after exiting the market 20 years ago.

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart to close in Santa Monica

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart, one of the largest antique malls on LA's westside, is closing next month to make way for new development.

Report: 43 percent of young homeowners in greater LA don't have mortgages

For some young homeowners, monthly mortgage payments don’t exist. That’s because they or their parents are wealthy enough to buy homes in cash.

Albertsons sold to Cerberus Capital Management affiliate

Grocery chain Albertsons will be sold to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management in a larger $3.3 billion deal, officials said Thursday.

Port of LA's November trade volume drops due to strike

The Port of Los Angeles’ trade volume dropped in November, due to weaker global demand and a week-long strike by clerical workers, according to a report.

Construction begins on $1 billion bridge for Ports of LA, Long Beach

Construction starts on the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge, linking the Ports of LA and Long Beach. It is part of a larger, $4.5 billion project.