Journalism wasn’t always the preferred career option for Melissa Lee. While in her childhood, Melissa wanted to be a doctor. However, the influence of her idol Kaity Tong and her work in her community newspaper and college magazine Harvard Crimson made her re-think about her would-be career. “Something clicked and eventually I gave up medicine and devoted myself to journalism, ” said Melissa referring her time a a writer in her college days.
Despite having a sound interest in journalism, Melissa began her career as Management Consultant at the Mercer Management Consulting. There she served in the banking and credit card sector before acknowledging her dreams of being a journalist. The consulting firm tried their best to keep hold of Melissa and even offered her a full MBA scholarship. However, she declined the offer and moved to New York where she made her television debut as a Production Assistant at CCN.
CNN helped Melissa gain vital career experience and knowledge which would prove later proved significant in her rise to prominence. Following her spell with CNN, she moved to Bloomberg television. Speaking about her time with Bloomberg Melissa said: “I was hired to start the assignment desk which is basically the heart of the newsroom; you dispatch report, you assign producers, you decide the editorial direction of the day”. She left the Lexington Avenue based TV station in 2004 to join CNBC.
Since joining the network, Melissa has gone on to host Fast Money, Money in Motion: Currency Trading and Options Action. In addition to that, she has occasionally served as the host of Closing Bell and is one of four hosts of Power Lunch. Apart from hosting shows for the network, Melissa has also presented several documentaries for the channel. Made In China: The People’s Republic of Profit, Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind The real Thing and Code Wars: America’s Cyber Threat are some of the documentaries, which Melissa has headlined.
From her decade-long career, Melissa, without a doubt has established herself as one the prominent names in the American journalism industry. Not only her career has helped her garner a large group of a fan base but it has also helped her earn an estimated net worth of around 5 million dollars.