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

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.

LA celebrity wannabes can hire fake paparazzi and crowds (Photos)

Ever wonder what it would be like to be famous and have crowds of people follow you around? An L.A. start-up can provide that feeling for a hefty fee.

Sports clothing retailer Quiksilver names new CEO

Andy Mooney, past chairman of Disney Consumer Products, will become Quiksilver’s CEO. Quiksilver has struggled to turn profits in recent years.

World's tallest thermometer in Baker may become billboard

The world's tallest thermometer is looking for a new owner. It's part of a 4.3-acre property listed for $1.75 million.

Updated: Macy's to close store at Paseo Colorado in Pasadena

The store has been open since 1980. Clearance sales will begin Jan. 7. The company said it's part of a plan that will see new stores open in the region.

Increased payroll taxes hurt lower income workers

The fiscal cliff has been averted, but many Southern Californians still have to deal with smaller paychecks, with more money going toward social security.