Maria Bartiromo Biography

News Anchor, Journalist(1967–)
Maria Bartiromo is best known for her rise on the CNBC financial network.

Synopsis

Maria Bartiromo was born September 11, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York. She took a position as an intern at CNN and worked on air as often as possible, until landing a position at CNBC and becoming the first person to report live from the NYSE floor. Maria became the anchor of Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo in 2002, a daily financial news program. She announced that she's leaving CNBC in November 2013.

Early Career

Journalist. Born September 11, 1967, the youngest of three children of Vincent and Josephine Bartiromo. Bartiromo grew up in Bay Ridge, a working-class, primarily Italian neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Her father owned Rex Manor, an Italian restaurant where Maria worked checking coats as a teenager. After graduating from Fontbonne Hall Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, Bartiromo briefly attended Long Island University before transferring to New York University, where she majored in business and journalism.

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.

Groundbreaking Report

In 1995, two years into her tenure at CNBC, Bartiromo became the first reporter ever to report on television live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It was a groundbreaking move, especially since the reporter in question was female - and sometimes the only woman on the floor. It was not an easy transition. Male traders who found her presence unwelcome shoved and yelled at her. Bartiromo stood her ground. "In a situation like that, I can only recommend making sure that ... you know your stuff - that's most important - and that you stand firm and be determined, as I try to be," she said of the experience.

Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo

Bartiromo soon became one of the most popular figures on CNBC. In 2002, she became the anchor of 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. Her reporting has earned multiple awards, and - in a more unusual tribute - punk god Joey Ramone wrote a song about his crush on the journalist shortly before his death in 2001.

Controversy

Bartiromo ran into a scandal in January 2007 when several unidentified Citigroup executives told the press that the firing of global investment head Todd S. Thomson was in part due to his decision to fly Bartiromo on his private jet so that she could speak to a group of Citigroup clients in Asia. The report raised accusations that Bartiromo's close relationships with her sources created conflicts of interest. Bartiromo and her bosses at CNBC did not agree, and she weathered the controversy without serious damage to her career.

Changing Channels

After 20 years with CNBC, Bartiromo revealed that she was leaving the network in November 2013. No official announcement has been made regarding her next career move, but the Drudge Report indicated that the Fox Business Network.

In addition to her thriving television career, Bartiromo is also authored two books: Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investment Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy (2001) and The 10 Laws of Enduring Success (2010).

Bartiromo has been married to Jonathan Steinberg, the son of financier Saul Steinberg, since 1999. The couple currently resides in New York.

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