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.


  • Dollar dives post-Fed

    Utilities saw their best day since August of 2011 after the Fed's announcement to keep bond purchases intact. Also, Jens Nordvig of Nomura Securities, dissects the moves in the dollar after the Fed's decision not to taper.

  • Trending trades: Apple, Take-Two & Priceline

    Home builders are soaring after the Fed's decision to keep its bond purchases intact. Also, the "Fast Money" traders look at 3 stocks trending on Twitter: Apple, Take-Two and Priceline.

  • Stock Pops & Drops

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

  • Trading the taper fakeout

    Dissecting the day's major business news, with the Fast Money traders; and what Wall Street thinks of the Fed's decision to keep its bond purchases intact, with Tom Lee, JPMorgan. CNBC's Scott Wapner reports what Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors said about the Fed's inaction.

  • Letting the car do the driving

    In a preview of tonight's CNBC's special program, "Rise of the Machines," CNBC's Melissa Lee gets behind the wheel of a vehicle prototype developed at Carnegie Mellon University that drives itself.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

    The Fast Money traders share their final trades of the day.

  • Today's top moments

    The "Fast Money" team recaps the major CNBC headlines of the day, including Scott McNealy's, former chairman of Sun Microsystems, comments on charity, Microsoft's boost of dividend and look ahead at what to watch for in tomorrow's trading session.

  • Options Action IN FAST MONEY

    A bullish bet on General Motors with CNBC contributor Mike Khouw of Dash Financial Group.

  • Microsoft's $40 billion buy back

    Following Microsoft's announcement of a 22 percent dividend increase. CNBC's Kate Kelly spoke to ValueAct's Jeffrey Ubben about his new seat on the board at Microsoft. And John Netto, M3 Capital president, shares what you should be watching ahead of tomorrow's FOMC statement.

  • Can GM cut Tesla off?

    General Motors reveals its plans for a long-range electric car. Karen Finerman and Brian Kelly debate whether GM will be able to drive away with a piece of Tesla's market share. Mike Khouw provides the options perspective.


Options Action

Host Bio

  • Melissa Lee

    Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”

Trader Bios

  • Guy Adami

    Chief Market Strategist & Director of Advisor Advocacy, Private Advisor Group

  • Karen Finerman

    CEO & Co-founder, Metropolitan Capital Advisors

  • Director of Institutional Sales Stuart Frankel & Co. Inc.