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 42)
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
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 reporter and news anchor for CNBC. Since January 2009, she has occasionally hosted Closing Bell when the anchor 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. Since February 9, 2015, Lee is one of four hosts for Power Lunch.

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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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Melissa Lee Video Interview". CNBC. September 17, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ CNBC. "CNBC TV Worldwide". CNBC. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Lee, Melissa. "Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing". CNBC. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Lee, Melissa. "Porn: Business of Pleasure". CNBC. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Lee, Melissa. "Melissa Lee". CNBC. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Lee, Melissa. "Code Wars: America's Cyber Threat". CNBC. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Melissa Lee Video Interview". CNBC. September 17, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Melissa Lee Video Interview". CNBC. September 17, 2008. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Editors for this issue". Harvard Crimson. January 30, 1992. 
  10. ^ "CNBC's Melissa Lee". Asiance Magazine. December 2008. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 

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