TV Newser’s Chris Ariens reported in December that Melissa Francis, who served as co-anchor of Power Lunch and The Call, had left CNBC and planned to join Fox Business at an unknown date in the future. Well, the future is now, as Mediaite has learned that Francis is expected to make her debut on Fox Business Network this Monday.
Mediaite readers might remember her for this crackling exchange with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, in which she chided him for his dismissive attitude toward the disruptive potential of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Francis earned the nickname “Empress of Energy” for her coverage, on CNBC, of oil and commodities. When she joined CNBC in 2003, she was the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of New York Mercantile Exchange, providing live hourly reports for the network and distinguishing herself as the foremost expert on commodities.
Before joining CNBC, Francis was a correspondent for CNET’s broadcast unit, where she covered finance, technology and consumer products. Prior to CNET, Francis served as a reporter for News 12 New Jersey and an anchor for various New England television stations in Hartford, Manchester, and Providence. She also served as producer for WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine, and researcher for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University.
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