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Melissa Lee (born November 4) is a Chinese American reporter and news anchor for CNBCmarker. Since January 2009 she has occasionally hosted the Closing Bell when Maria Bartiromo is unavailable. She has also hosted Options Action, and is now the hosts of CNBC's 5pm ET daily show Fast Money.

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

Early life and education

Lee's paternal grandfather immigrated from Chinamarker to Buffalo, New Yorkmarker in the United Statesmarker with his wife and children. Lee's father graduated from Columbia University and then moved to Great Neck, New Yorkmarker. Lee grew up idolizing New York news anchor Kaity Tong, who inspired Lee to become a reporter. Lee started her professional journalism career as a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Great Neck Record. She graduated from Harvard Collegemarker with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1995. She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.

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