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.


  • Retailers report mixed data

    Apple crossed through its "golden cross," with the "Fast Money" traders. Also, latest data shows August retail sales were weaker than expected, despite the back-to-school season. Liz Dunn, Macquarie Capital, offers insight.

  • Jobs, the Fed & housing

    Discussing whether the rally in stocks will continue as interest rates rise, with the "Fast Money" traders; and Lindsey Piegza, Sterne Agee makes her prediction on the Fed's taper plans.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

    The Fast Money traders share their trades for Thursday.

  • You Tweet it, we trade it!

    Citi says it's now time to look outside of the U.S. to invest; and how to play Tesla and Dr Pepper Snapple, with the "Fast Money" traders.

  • Angie's List stock surge

    Is "Fast Money" trader Guy Adami still bearish on Dollar Tree? RBC upgraded Angie's List to outperform. Its CEO William Oesterle, discusses the company's latest momentum.

  • Qualcomm CEO: Smartwatch syncs to smartphone

    Shares of real estate website Zillow hit all-time highs. "Fast Money" traders Guy Adami and Dan Nathan debate how to play the stock now. Also, CNBC's Jon Fortt speaks to Qualcomm CEO Paul E. Jacobs, who says he thinks it is the size of the screen that will determine the type of devices people want to carry.

  • Regis: Staying with Micron Technology

    Micron Technology traded at levels not seen since November of 2006. TV icon and author Regis Philbin says "we're just beginning," in regards to the stock. He also recommends Sirius XM Radio.

  • Stock Pops & Drops

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

  • Options Action: Ford to continue higher?

    Options traders are making big bets that Ford shares will continue to accelerate, with CNBC contributor Mike Khouw of Dash Financial Group.

  • August auto sales spike

    U.S. new car sales hit a 6-year high, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau. In the month of August, the "Big 3" sold 44.1 percent of the vehicles in the U.S.


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.