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.


  • The Final Call

    CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders discuss the stocks they'll be watching next week.

  • Twitter IPO = Top for social media

    Is the Twitter IPO a sign of froth? As social media stocks soar, is there a new Internet bubble? With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Fold gold ahead of the Fed

    Following a gory gold trade. On August 16th, Mike Khouw made a bullish bet on gold. How's that working out for him? Is he betting on a bounce? With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Who will win the pay-per-view war?

    Momentum stocks slow -- Netflix, Zillow, Tesla stall. Why the Netflix run may be over. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

    The "Fast Money" traders look at today's top moments on CNBC and the share their final trades of the day and what they're looking at Tuesday.

  • Twitter IPO: Bubble trouble ahead?

    Twitter's IPO announcement has put social media stocks in focus. The "Fast Money" traders discuss if there is trouble ahead for stocks like LinkedIn and Yelp. And Fitbit CEO, James Park, weighs in on the booming business of wearable tech.

  • Stock Pops & Drops

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

  • Trading the September rally

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders, including the Dow shaking off the September curse and gold having its worst week since June. Mary Ann Bartels, Merrill Lynch, discusses sectors that are looking overstretched.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

    The Fast Money traders share their final trades of the day and what they're watching on Friday.

  • Fire blazes through Seaside boardwalk

    CNBC's Dominic Chu reports New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is en route to the massive fire on the Seaside Park boardwalk. And Carl Icahn has sold his remaining stake in Hain Celestial.

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