Melissa Lee (journalist)

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Melissa Lee
CNBC Squawk on the Street studio set 201207.jpg
Melissa Lee on the set of CNBC's Squawk on the Street
Born (1974-11-04) November 4, 1974 (age 39)
Status Not Married
Education Harvard University, 1995, Government, B.A.
Occupation News presenter, reporter for CNBC (2004–present)

Melissa Lee (born November 4, 1974 in Great Neck, New York) is a Chinese American reporter and news anchor for CNBC. Since January 2009 she has occasionally hosted Closing Bell when Maria Bartiromo is unavailable. She has also hosted Options Action, and is now the host of CNBC's 5pm ET daily show "Fast Money" and Money in Motion: Currency Trading.

Lee took over as host of CNBC's 5pm ET daily show, Fast Money when Dylan Ratigan left CNBC for companion network MSNBC on March 27, 2009. She was the interim host after Ratigan's departure, until April of the same year when she was appointed permanent host. Lee has received two Emmy Award nominations for Business News.[1]

Melissa has hosted 5 CNBC documentaries:

  • Made in China: The People's Republic of Profit[2]
  • Coca Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing[3]
  • Porn: Business of Pleasure[4]
  • The $50M Con[5]
  • Code Wars: America's Cyber Threat[6]

As of 2013 Melissa Lee hosts 3 CNBC programs: Fast Money, Options Action and Money in Motion: Currency Trading.

Early life and education[edit]

Lee's grandfather immigrated from rural China to Buffalo, New York in the United States, along with his wife and children. Lee's father graduated from Columbia University and then moved to Great Neck, New York.[7] Lee grew up idolizing New York news anchor Kaity Tong, who inspired Lee to become a reporter.[8] Lee started her professional journalism career as a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Great Neck Record.[1] She graduated with honors from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1995.[9] She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.[10]

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.[5]

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