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Power Lunch

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Country of origin
Original release
1996 – present

Original network
Power Lunch

Presented by
Bill Griffeth (1996—Dec. 11, 2009)Sue Herera (Dec. 8, 2003—Feb. 6, 2015)Tyler Mathisen (Dec. 14, 2009—present)Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (2002—2003, 2009—2013, 2016–present)Dennis Kneale (2009—Jun. 8, 2010)Amanda Drury (Feb. 9, 2015—Jan. 15, 2016)Brian Sullivan (Feb. 9, 2015—present)Melissa Lee (Feb. 9, 2015—present)

Running time
120 minutes as of February 9, 2015

Picture format
16:9 (October 13, 2014-present)


Power Lunch is a television business news program on CNBC, airing between 12 noon. and 2 p.m. Eastern Time. It is presented by Tyler Mathisen, Brian Sullivan, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Melissa Lee. Bill Griffeth anchored the program alone from 1996 to 2002. Caruso-Cabrera joined the program as Griffeth's original co-presented from February 4, 2002, to December 5, 2003, before being replaced by Sue Herera starting on December 8, 2003. Caruso-Cabrera and Dennis Kneale appeared on the show regularly in their respective analyst capacities until both became full co-presenters in 2009. Mathisen joined the program in late 2009, after Griffeth's leave of absence began. Power Lunch used to air for two hours (noon to 2 ET) until June 7, 2010, when it moved to 1 ET and had its running time cut in half, from 2 hours to 1 hour, to make room for The Strategy Session at noon ET and the Fast Money Halftime Report at 12:30 ET. The show became a 2-hour program once again on February 9, 2015, as the running time is now from 1-3 p.m. ET, replacing Street Signs, which had its final episode on February 6, 2015. Sullivan and Amanda Drury, both of whom previously co-anchored Street Signs, joined Power Lunch February 9, along with current Fast Money and Options Action host Melissa Lee. They replace Herera, who left Power Lunch three days earlier. Caruso-Cabrera rejoined the program for her third stint as co-presenter on January 19, 2016 after Drury's departure from CNBC US.


On October 13, 2014, Power Lunch was launched in full 1080i high-definition as part of CNBC's network-wide switch to a full 16:9 letterbox format.


This program examines the businesses, people, and trends that influence Wall Street, in addition to real-time market coverage at roughly the midway point of the U.S. trading day.

Present segments

  • CNBC 101: Bob Pisani presents the "CNBC 101" segment on Thursdays.
  • MSNBC News Update: News headlines from outside the world of business.
  • Econo Smackdown: Seen during the first hour with Steve Liesman (in studio) and Rick Santelli (in Chicago).
  • Trader Triple Play: Seen on Fridays during the second hour as three Wall Street traders join the program (either via satellite or in-studio) to talk about the three key economic diaries in which investors and viewers need to know for the coming week.
  • Markets Minute By Minute: A guest (or two guests) join the program to tell viewers and the show's anchors what is moving the markets.
  • Around the Watercooler: This is a segment in which the anchors talk about the day's biggest topics (inside and outside the business world) from behind their respective desks.
  • Past segments

  • Dow Jones Halftime Report: Presented by Bob O'Brien and Ray Hennessey (both Dow Jones Newswires employees at the time), highlighting winning or losing sectors of the trading day.
  • Making Money Now: Seen during the second hour of the program from April to August 2005, ending with the "Lightning Round" (which was unrelated to the most popular segment on Mad Money) in which the stock pickers had 15 seconds to decide if the stock given by the anchors are a buy, sell, or a hold. This segment was discontinued as of September 2005.
  • Power Poll: Moved to the Closing Bell in April 2005, and was renamed the Closing Bell Poll. This segment was discontinued on Closing Bell at the end of 2005.
  • Power Topic
  • Power Lesson
  • Stock Specials: This segment, which was discontinued as of September 2005, featured Joe Kernen highlighting the day's stocks.
  • By Request
  • Fast Money Halftime Report: This segment, which featured Melissa Lee and her Fast Money panel highlighting a winning or losing sector of the day, spun off as a separate TV show of its own on June 7, 2010, when it debuted.
  • Your Digital Life This segment, which featured David Pogue in a humorous skit, ran from 2007 to 2011, and featured the latest in technology.
  • Power Brunch

    In the week of October 4, 1999, Power Lunch became Power Brunch, because they broadcast the show live from Silicon Valley that week.

    Big Road Show

    In May 2005, Power Lunch went on the road for its week-long Big Road Show. Bill Griffeth hosted these week-long special editions from Miami, Phoenix, Dallas, and Los Angeles (Sue Herera was on maternity leave when these editions aired).

    Making Money Across America

    On September 7, 2007, Power Lunch began airing an eight-week series titled, "Making Money Across America", which concluded on October 26, 2007. These special road shows were aired on Fridays as this program visited eight U.S. cities over as many weeks. The dates and cities were:

  • September 7: Chicago (Bill Griffeth and Sue Herera co-hosted from the Navy Pier)
  • September 14: San Francisco (Griffeth hosted from the Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, on Fisherman's Wharf)
  • September 21: Denver (Herera hosted from the Anschutz Family Sky Terrace of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
  • September 28: St. Louis (Griffeth was at Kiener Plaza in the city's central business district)
  • October 5: Charlotte (Herera co-hosted from Wachovia Plaza)
  • October 12: Seattle (Griffeth was on the observation deck of the Space Needle)
  • October 19: Philadelphia (Griffeth was in the network's Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio, while Herera was live from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia)
  • October 26: Minneapolis (Griffeth was at the Mall of America)
  • Worldwide Power Lunch

    Around CNBC's global branches, there are many counterparts of Power Lunch in the world:


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