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 Netflix Stay Hot Next Year?

    Netting gains on Netflix. On December 7th, Mike made a bullish bet on Netflix. How much higher can the stock go, and can it stay hot next year, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Market Headwinds For 2013

    How are the markets positioned ahead of 2013? Carter Braxton Worth of Oppenheimer; and CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders, take a close look at what investors can expect from stocks amid fiscal cliff fears.

  • President Obama to Make Statement on Fiscal Cliff

    CNBC's John Harwood discusses what investors can expect from President Obama's statement on the fiscal cliff, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Options Action, December 21, 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.

  • Cliff Fears Slam Stocks

    Stocks head south as hopes of a deal dissolve and fear returns to the market, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Fast Money Final Trade

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

  • Trades That Hit, Trades That Miss

    "Portfolios With Purpose" is a charity that's open to everyone, and it allows you to compete alongside other investors in support of a charity of your choice; and the Fast Money traders discuss how to play Goldman Sachs and Hain Celestial.

  • The Gold Slide Continues

    The Fast Money traders discuss whether the gold and silver ETFs are bottoming yet; and the Fast Money traders discuss how to play Bed, Bath and Beyond and Domino's Pizza.

  • Strongest Economy in 2013

    The U.S. economy experienced sluggish growth in 2012, with Bruce Kasman, JPMorgan chief economist, who explains why he predicts China to be the strongest economy in 2013; and the Fast Money traders discuss how to trade Bed, Bath & Beyond and Domino's Pizza now.

  • Nike Popping After Hours

    CNBC's Brian Shactman reports shares of Nike are sprinting higher after the company reported Q2 earnings.

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