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Maria Bartiromo is best known for her rise on the CNBC financial network.
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At various points in her childhood, Bartiromo considered becoming a nurse, interior decorator, back-up singer or pharmacist. However, she said, "when I finally stumbled on broadcast journalism in business news, I realized I had found my true love." Bartiromo was hired as an intern at CNN in 1988. For five years, she labored in low-paying, off-camera jobs at the network, offering to cover for other reporters after finishing her regular shift in order to build up her on-air portfolio. By August 1993, she had enough clips to send to Roger Ailes, then the president of CNBC. He hired her that month.
Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo, a daily program on the cable network. Two years later, she added to her résumé an anchoring gig on the weekly show The Wall Street Journal Report. Her good looks earned her the nickname "Money Honey," first coined by the tabloid New York Post. Though offended at first, Bartiromo has since accepted the nickname. She has even gone so far as to trademark the moniker in January 2007, and has said she is planning a children's program by that name that will teach money fundamentals. "I don't take myself or that name too seriously," she said.
Bartiromo is known for her unparalleled access to the major newsmakers of the business world, the result of a giant Rolodex cultivated over her many years in the business.
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