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

Unemployed workers continue to search for jobs in 2013

Unemployed workers like William Hutton of Venice, Calif., said they hope to find a job in 2013. Hutton, 55, has been unemployed for more than three years.

Fiscal cliff could stop federal unemployment benefits

About 400,000 Californians will stop receiving federal checks if Congress doesn't renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program.

Celebrating the New Year with mochi

Japanese Americans gathered at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple on Friday to continue the tradition of making mochi in celebration of the New Year.

Accountants: Less take home pay if fiscal cliff occurs

Paychecks will shrink and Californians will shell out more money to the federal government next year if lawmakers are unable to renew certain tax cuts.

Walmart wins another Chinatown battle

Walmart wins third round in a fight over whether the retailer should open up a store in LA’s Chinatown.

Don't blame fiscal cliff for weak holiday sales, analysts say

Holiday sales increased just 0.7% this year, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report. Analysts say don't blame worries about the "fiscal cliff."

Southland firing ranges get busier after Sandy Hook shooting

Southern California shooting ranges are busier a week after the Connecticut school shooting. At LAX Firing Range, ammunition sales are up by as much as 500 percent.

Last minute shoppers rush to stores searching for gifts

With Christmas a few days away, last-minute shoppers are rushing to buy gifts. About 11 percent of consumers said they completed their Christmas shopping by last week.

Christmas tree farms in Orange County giving way to development

Peltzer Pines Christmas Tree farms, which has sold Christmas trees in Orange County for nearly 50 years, said increased development has made it difficult to find land.

Photos: Sprawl could chop down Orange County Christmas tree farms

Peltzer Pines Christmas Tree farms, which has sold Christmas trees in Orange County for nearly 50 years, said increased development has made it difficult to find land.

JC Penney's new sales strategy has yet to produce returns

JCP rolled out a new sales strategy earlier this year: Fewer coupons but lower prices. So far, it hasn't been producing returns.

Volunteer clowns bring cheer to patients

Torrance Memorial Medical Center trains volunteers to become hospital clowns. Hospital officials say the clowns bring cheer to their staff and patients.

Hundreds line up for Walmart jobs

A new Neighborhood Market opening next year in Altadena will create 65 jobs. At a Saturday job fair, as many as 700 people showed up seeking information.

Wal-Mart hiring event Saturday for new Altadena store

Wal-Mart holds a hiring event on Saturday to give job seekers more information about open positions at its Altadena Neighborhood Market.

PHOTOS: How holiday gifts get shipped to your doorstep

At Ingram Micro’s Mira Loma facility, holiday gifts clatter along five miles of conveyer belts, with eight items shipped per second.