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

Torrance-based Robinson Helicopter Co.'s sales improve

Robinson Helicopter Co. is one of the few remaining aircraft manufacturing plants in Southern California. It expects to build more than 500 helicopters this year.

Parent of OC Register to launch LA daily paper: The LA Register

Freedom Communications will launch the Los Angeles Register next year, part of an aggressive campaign to expand its empire.

Former LA Times executive moves to SiriusXM

Kathy Thomson, who had been president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Times Media Group, is now chief marketing officer at SiriusXM.

Downtown LA attracts condo buyers: See what $4M will get you

Things didn't always look so rosy for sales at LA Live's Ritz Carlton Residences. Condos there hit the market just before the great recession.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf names new CEO

John Dawson, a former executive at Dunkin' Donuts, starts as CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf next year. The L.A.-based chain plans to increase its stores.

Black Friday: Why those 50 percent discounts may not be real

The original price on some items at stores may never have been the intended sale price, according to Strategic Resource Group.

Orbitz predicts LAX will be nation's busiest airport during Thanksgiving

An increase in international flights to Asia and Europe may be the cause of a predicted seven percent increase in Thanksgiving holiday passengers at LAX.

How does the $13 billion JPMorgan settlement affect SoCal?

It's still unclear how soon Californians could qualify to receive a portion of the $4 billion earmarked for borrower's relief nationwide.

Tribune to cut 700 jobs: Restructuring plan impacts LA Times

Tribune, the owner of the LA Times and seven other daily newspapers, said the job cuts were needed 'to ensure the long-term vitality' of its publishing division.

Los Angeles Times Media Group president to leave company

Kathy Thomson said in a staff memo that it is with “mixed feelings” she is “moving on to another challenging opportunity.” She will leave at the end of the month.

9 SoCal newspapers to begin charging for online access

The Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and San Gabriel Valley Tribune are among the local newspapers that will begin charging a digital subscription fee this week.

Three days past deadline, still no sale of Press-Enterprise

The Press-Enterprise's parent company A.H. Belo is considering its options, including looking at new buyers for the Riverside newspaper.

Still no word on sale of Riverside Press-Enterprise

The deadline for the parent company of the Orange County Register to purchase the Press-Enterprise is Nov. 15, but so far there's been no announcement of the sale.

Long Beach pushes for Boeing to bring 777X jetliner assembly to town

Seattle area union workers rejected a contract that would have extended the manufacturing of Boeing's 777X through 2024. Long Beach leaders hope to bring that work here.

Experts predict a modest boost in 2013 holiday sales

Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez predicts holiday sales nationally will increase 3.4 percent and she expects Southern California to follow that trend.