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.

  • Making More on Amazon

    An amazing Amazon short. Is this stock the hardest short of all? Last week, Mike and Carter made a bearish bet on Amazon. And this week, Amazon dropped on earnings, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Binge on Netflix Stock?

    Is Wall Street streaming Netflix? Netflix makes a big bet on original content, planning to release all 13 episodes of "House of Cards" at one time. Debating the binge strategy, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Options Action traders.

  • Options Action, February 1, 2013

    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 in the week ahead.

  • When Will Tech Join the Party?

    Old technology lags financials, consumers and energy. When will tech join the market party? And a discussion about whether Yahoo is the best tech play now, 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.

  • Trading Your Tweets

    How to play Embraer, with the Fast Money traders.

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    Tim Seymour of, and a "Fast Money" regular, explains why he is a "China bull."

  • The Business Side of the Super Bowl

    CNBC's Gary Kaminsky offers insight on his interview with real estate investor Sam Zell; and Eric Grubman of the NFL, says there is a "tremendous amount of interest" in Sunday's Super Bowl game.

  • Free Markets, Fair Markets?

    CNBC's Eamon Javers reports on unusual trading in natural gas today ahead of the EIA's news release on natural gas inventories; and the Fast Money traders weigh in, and share their trade on Whirlpool now.

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