• Melissa Lee is a 45 year old TV news anchor and journalist working for CNBC.
• She was born in New York City and her grandfather was an immigrant from China.
• She started her career as a reporter for the Great Neck Record, and then went to Harvard College to study Government.
• She is best known for her work in "Fast Money" and "Motion: Currency Trading", and has even done some acting.
• To become a reporter, one needs to attain a degree in journalism/communications, gain experience as an intern, and have good communication, grammar and objectivity skills.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 4, 1974
FactCurrently resides in New York. (2009).

Melissa Lee Short Bio

Born on 4 November 1974 in New York City, USA, Melissa Lee is best known as a news anchor and journalist who works for CNBC. American by nationality, her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she is 45 years old. Melissa is best recognized for her work in “Fast Money” and “Motion: Currency Trading”.


Her grandfather was a Chinese immigrant who moved to Buffalo, New York with his family in 1903, from which Melissa finds inspiration in his bravery and strength.

She has credited him for raising successful children, and supporting his family financially. Lee’s dad was a well-educated man who studied at Columbia University, prior to moving to Great Neck on Long Island. Reportedly, Melissa decided to start a career as a reporter, looking up to Chinese-American journalist Kaity Tong. She had her start serving in that position for the Great Neck Record, her hometown newspaper, and after that enrolled into Harvard College, graduating in 1995 with a BA degree in Government. During her time there, Melissa was responsible for editing the Harvard Crimson.

Melissa isn’t too keen on sharing private details from her life with her audience, including her relationship status, so the identity of her possible partner hasn’t been revealed. She is on Twitter, mostly sharing news on her professional endeavors.

Early Professional Career

Prior to working on TV, she worked at Mercer Management Consulting, and was focused on the banking and credit card sectors. Lee began her TV work by appearing on Bloomberg Television and CNN Financial News, and in 2004, she joined CNBC.

Melissa Lee

Career on TV

Lee made her TV debut in 1996 in “Power Lunch”, and followed by working on “Closing Bell”. In 2008 she was at the peak of her fame and engaged with multiple projects, including “Scam of the Century: Bernie Madoff’s Crime & Punishment” and “Today”. She spent three years working on the latter, and appearing in its 36 episodes. In the next year, Melissa could be seen in “Porn: Business of Pleasure”, and “Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing”.

As of 2014, Lee began appearing in “Fast Money”, and in 2017 became a co-anchor of “Worldwide Exchange”.

Her most recent projects include “Squawk Box” and “On the Money”. Overall, she has had 14 gigs in the journalist field, and briefly worked as an actress – in 2010 in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, and in 2011 she appeared in “Money in Motion Currency Trading”.

Melissa is dedicated to her job and puts it in first place, as she stated a couple of times. In one interview, having been asked why she does what she does, the journalist simply stated that she loves her job, and one of her main goals is to help people enrich their life financially, and achieve their dreams.

She then added that the whole reason behind it is the example of her grandparents, who embarked on making money and being financially stable. As she put it, they invested money in various ways, including in the stock market. “They sent five children to college. This is how wealth is created in this country”, she concluded.


In addition to being able to see her on TV, Lee’s fans can also watch short clips from her shows on YouTube. Those videos include “Q&A: Melissa Lee, Reporter and Anchor, CNBC”, “Melissa Lee on How her Grandparents Came to America” and “Interview Melissa Lee Ideas for Brands”.

Latest Projects and Research

In September 2019, she did a research project about the cannabis industry, a market that is expected to make $85 billion by 2025. In her documentary, Melissa investigated big corporate names, and Shortly afterwards, the video entitled “Is legal pot a good investment?” was uploaded to CNBC’s YouTube channel, still garnering views. “Grow your own , and watch how much money you have in your wallet , bank account ,etc” one person jokingly wrote. Besides that, she reported on Bitcoin and her perspective, and the results of her research can be seen in the video “The next bitcoin gold rush may be brewing in the last place you’d expect”, watched by 40,000 people so far.

What Does a Reporter Do?

To become a reporter, one must attain a degree in journalism or communications. Throughout the mentioned studies, the students attend courses focused on conducting interviews, different techniques for writing stories and work ethics. However, English classes and economics are often required.

Then, students gain experience being interns with news organizations, where their duties include researching topics and stories and writing articles. In addition to that, these people need to make sure that their grammar is proper and they pass certain criteria regarding objectivity and communication – in order to cover a certain topic correctly, journalists and correspondents need to have an outstanding skills in communication. Sometimes, while discussing topics, they can give their own personal opinion. Melissa has been through all of this process.

General Info

Full NameMelissa Lee
Date Of BirthNovember 4, 1974
ProfessionJournalist, Presenter, Newscaster
EducationHarvard College, Harvard University


MoviesCircumstance, Dear Lemon Lima, Light Years
TV ShowsFast Money, Power Lunch, Squawk on the Street, Options Action

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1She is a trained dancer.
2Currently resides in New York. (2009).
3Attended North Carolina School of the Arts in the undergraduate program as a Theatre Major - but left during her second year and moved to New York to pursue work.
4Her father was a paramedic, her mother in real estate.
5In 2003, she founded a production company with actress Paula Christensen. The company is no longer in existence.
6Began studying ballet at the age of 3.
7As a child, she loved classic movies. She wanted to be Katharine Hepburn or Rosalind Russell.




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