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.

  • Sell Into Silver Selloff?

    Silver and gold get off to a rough start this year, as the metals hit a 4-month low. Why gold is on its longest losing streak since 2004, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Too Late to Buy the Banks?

    Morgan Stanley surges 6 percent on the week as financials lead the markets higher. Meanwhile, the VIX tumbles 38 percent. Will the rally continue, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Options Action, January 4, 2012

    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.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

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

  • Options Action: Jump Ahead For General Motors?

    Discussing unusual options activity in General Motor today, with CNBC contributor Mike Khouw of CRT Capital Group LLC.

  • Dollar Strengthens on Fed Minutes

    Why the U.S. Dollar Index is strengthening today against a basket of currencies, and why you should be long on the Australian Dollar/US Dollar now, with Amelia Bourdeau, Westpac Institutional Bank; and CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest headlines from the West Coast.

  • 5 World-Changing Innovations

    Within the next 5 years, your mobile device will let you touch what you're shopping for online. Bernard Meyerson, IBM chief innovation officer, breaks down the next 5 years of technological advances, which he calls "the era of cognitive systems."

  • Time to Buy Ford?

    The Fast Money traders discuss whether Ford's better-than-expected December U.S. sales means it's time to buy the stock.

  • Stock Pops & Drops

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

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