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

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.

Fewer traffic deaths across the Southland this New Year's holiday

The new year got off to a good start on Southern California’s highways, with fewer traffic deaths in the days leading up to the first day of 2013.

New Year's holiday shootings leave two dead

Two men died from New Year’s Eve shootings in Los Angeles County, police said. The separate shootings occurred in Lakewood and Hawthorne.

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.