Melissa Lee (journalist)

Melissa Lee is an American journalist and television anchor. She is best known for her work as the host of CNBC's Fast Money and Options Action. She has been with the network since 2004 and has become one of the most recognizable faces in business news.

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Early Life

Melissa Lee was born in Great Neck, New York in 1974. She is of Chinese descent and grew up in a middle-class family. She attended Great Neck North High School and graduated in 1992. She then went on to Harvard University, where she earned a degree in government in 1996.


After graduating from Harvard, Melissa Lee began her career in journalism. She started out as a producer for Bloomberg Television in 1997. She then moved to CNBC in 2004, where she began hosting the show Fast Money. She has since become one of the most recognizable faces in business news.

In addition to her work on Fast Money, Melissa Lee has also hosted a number of other shows on CNBC. She has hosted the show Options Action since 2009 and has also hosted the show Money in Motion since 2011. She has also been a guest host on Squawk Box and Closing Bell.

In addition to her work on television, Melissa Lee has also written a number of books. Her first book, All About Short Selling, was published in 2007. She has since written two more books, The Options Course Workbook and The Options Course High Profit & Low Stress Trading Methods.

Awards and Accolades

Melissa Lee has been recognized for her work in journalism. In 2008, she was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business" by Fortune Magazine. She has also been named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune Magazine in 2009 and 2010.

In addition to her awards, Melissa Lee has also been honored with a number of honorary degrees. She has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Rochester, and the University of Massachusetts.

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Last Modified: Mar 28 2023
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