Fast Money

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee
Host, “Fast Money” & “Options Action”

Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's "Fast Money" (Monday-Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5:30PM ET), which originates from the Nasdaq's MarketSite studio in New York's Times Square. "Fast Money" gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. She is also the host of "Options Action," (Friday, 5:30PM ET), a weekly half-hour program that explains the advantages of options trading.

In addition, Lee is a member of the ensemble cast of CNBC's "Power Lunch" (M-F, 1PM-3PM ET).

Previously, Lee was co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" and host of "Money in Motion Currency Trading." She also covered investment banking, hedge funds and private equity for the network.

Lee has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Rise of the Machines (2013)," "Code Wars: America's Cyber Threat"(2011), "Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing" (2009) and "Porn: Business of Pleasure" (2009). In 2008, Lee reported and anchored a one-hour documentary, "Made in China: People's Republic of Profit," from Beijing and Shanghai. She reported extensively for the network on China from the country's growth to its challenges to the opportunities for U.S. businesses.

Lee received a 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Host-News and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination in 2009 for a CNBC Special Report: "Is Your Money Safe? The Fall of Lehman Brothers," for which she co-anchored. Lee also has been nominated for two Emmy awards in Business News. In 2007, she was recognized for her report, "The $50M Con," about a college student-turned scammer who ran a fake hedge fund and was ultimately caught by the FBI. And in 2003, she was nominated for her reporting on the proxy voting of mutual funds.

Prior to joining CNBC in 2004, Lee worked for Bloomberg Television and CNN Financial News.

Before her career in television, Lee was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Her cases focused on the banking and credit card sectors.

Lee graduated with honors from Harvard College with a bachelor of arts in government. She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.

Follow Melissa Lee on Twitter @MelissaLeeCNBC.


  • Can Chipotle Stay Hot?

    Making pesos on Chipotle. On April 12th, Mike and Carter made a bullish bet on Chipotle. It's a bet that paid off, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Bet Against Buffett?

    Is it time to bet against the billionaire? A look at whether Berkshire is too expensive as the company holds its annual meeting in Omaha, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Freeport a Goldmine?

    A headfake or a goldmine? Copper, oil surge on the jobs report. Copper has its best day since November 2011. As commodities rise, a look at whether that makes Freeport-McMoRan a goldmine, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Berkshire Hathaway Bets on Housing

    Berkshire Hathaway has stakes in publicly traded stocks leveraged to housing, with "Fast Money" trader Josh Brown; and how to play stocks requested on Twitter.

  • Old Tech to Take Lead

    Relax is you missed the rally. Discussing the trades to make right now, in the midst of it, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Options Action, May 3, 2013

    CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders look at the past week's activity in the options markets, and discuss what they'll be watching next week.

  • Options Action Web Extra

    In the web extra, Scott helps out a Facebook fan with a bullish trade on Coca-Cola.The best part? The trade only costs $0.80 per share.

  • Stock Pops & Drops

    The Fast Money traders take a look at today's biggest market movers.

  • Chipotle Adds Patron Margaritas

    Apple is having its best two weeks in nearly 4 years, and the stock is up 15 percent, and how to play Disney ahead of its earnings and on the release of "Iron Man 3," with the "Fast Money" traders; and John McDonnell, Patron Spirits, shares his "Cinco de Mayo" trade.

  • Apple May 'Get Its Mojo Back': Josh Brown

    One factor in Apple's plans could mean the resurgent stock has a bright future, Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics says.

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