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

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.

England-based Tesco may sell Fresh & Easy grocery chain

Tesco, the British parent company of Fresh & Easy, may sell the grocery chain and exit the U.S. market. Fresh & Easy launched in the U.S. in 2006.

Tentative LA Port agreement to end strike means loss of 51 jobs

The 450 ILWU clerical workers will vote on a tentative agreement with their employers, which provides some layoff protection while allowing 50 open positions to go unfilled.

UPDATE: Union reps, employers reach deal to end port strike

LA Mayor Villaraigosa announced Tuesday night that union officials have agreed to put an end to the week-old strike that has crippled the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Federal mediators brought in on port workers' strike

Federal mediators will try to negotiate a deal to end the clerical workers strike that's idled the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Los Angeles County Arboretum displays art from windstorm debris

The Los Angeles County Arboretum hosts a three-day art show by artists who turned the wood from fallen trees in last year's windstorm into art.

UPDATE: Negotiations resume in Port of LA strike

A prolonged strike involving hundreds of clerical workers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could put thousands of jobs in jeopardy, a port official says.

Shoppers expected to spend a record $1.5B on Cyber Monday (timeline)

Shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion or more in a record-breaking Cyber Monday, according to research firm comScore.

World's tallest thermometer in Baker is busted

The world’s tallest thermometer isn't working and businesses in Baker say sales are down as a result. Is a spaceship hotel the next icon for this small desert town?