Bartiromo in 2015
Maria Sara Bartiromo
September 11, 1967
|Alma mater||New York University (BA)|
|Occupation||Journalist, columnist, news anchor|
|Employer||Fox Entertainment Group|
Maria Sara Bartiromo (born September 11, 1967) is an journalist, and author. She is the anchor of Mornings with Maria and Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street on the Fox Business network, as well as Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News.
She worked at CNN for five years before joining CNBC, where she worked for 20 years. In 2013, she joined Fox Business and Fox News. At CNBC, she was the host of Closing Bell and On the Money with Maria Bartiromo.
Bartiromo was born to Italian-American parents Vincent and Josephine Bartiromo, and grew up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn in New York City. Her father was the owner of the Rex Manor restaurant in Brooklyn and her mother served as the hostess seating guests. Her mother also worked as a clerk at an off-track betting parlor.
After her internship, starting in 1988, Bartiromo spent five years as an executive producer and assignment editor with CNN Business. Her supervisor at CNN was Lou Dobbs, who is now a colleague at Fox Business News. While working at CNN her goal was to be in front of the camera. She put together an audition tape to apply for an on-screen job at CNBC. In 1993, she replaced analyst Roy Blumberg at CNBC when she began reporting live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and began hosting and contributing to the Market Watch and Squawk Box segments. Bartiromo became the first journalist to deliver live TV reports from the floor of New York Stock Exchange.
Bartiromo was the anchor and managing editor of the CNBC business interview show On the Money with Maria Bartiromo. Since 2007, she has hosted The Business of Innovation. She hosted several other programs, including Closing Bell (2002–2013), Market Wrap (1998–2000), and Business Center (1997–1999). Bartiromo has also appeared on the following television shows: NBC Universal's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS Television Distribution's The Oprah Winfrey Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Warner Bros. Television's short lived The Caroline Rhea Show, McEnroe, and The Colbert Report, as well as guest-hosting on Live with Regis and Kelly.
Bartiromo was nicknamed the "Money Honey" in the late-1990s and was the woman to report live from the raucous floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In January 2007, Bartiromo filed trademark applications to use the term "Money Honey" as a brand name for a line of children's products including toys, puzzles and coloring books to teach kids about money.
Bartiromo has anchored the television coverage of New York City's Columbus Day parade since 1995 and was the Grand Marshal in 2010. She appeared as herself in the films Risk/Reward, the documentary about the lives of women on Wall Street (2003); the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, an action film about armed men who hijack a New York City subway train; the drama film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010); the documentary Inside Job (2010); and the Richard Gere finance thriller, Arbitrage.
Bartiromo is the author of three books. Her first book, Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investment Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy (2001) ISBN 978-0-06-662086-2, appeared on both The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists. Her other books are The 10 Laws of Enduring Success (2010) ISBN 978-0-307-45253-5 and The Weekend That Changed Wall Street (2011) ISBN 978-1-59184-351-1. Bartiromo signed a new five-year contract with her then employer, CNBC, in late 2008.
On November 18, 2013, it was announced that Bartiromo was leaving CNBC to join Fox Business. According to the Drudge Report, her deal with Fox Business called for her to anchor a daily market hours program and to have a role on Fox News as well.
During the Trump administration, her interviews with Trump were widely characterized as friendly and as entailing softball questions. In her interviews with Trump, she repeatedly says "yes," "that's right", "wow" and other expressions of agreement to what Trump is saying, and rarely pushed back on any of Trump's claims, even when they were considered by some to be false or unsubstantiated. In May 2018, Bartiromo said that Barack Obama "politicized all of his agencies" in an effort "to take down Donald Trump." In May 2020, Bartiromo said that 2016 requests by Obama administration officials to unmask the identity of an American who was the subject of a counterintelligence operation (which turned out to be Trump associate Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to giving false information to the FBI and subsequently withdrew that guilty plea) was "the biggest political scandal we’ve ever seen."
In July 2018, it was announced that her FBN broadcast, Mornings with Maria, beat CNBC's Squawk Box in the ratings for second quarter of 2018. In September 2019, she signed a new multi-year deal with FBN.
Bartiromo is the recipient of an Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award (1997), Lincoln Statue Award presented by the Union League of Philadelphia (2004), Gracie Award, for Outstanding Documentary (2008), Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of A Breaking News Story (2008) Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting (2009), In 2011, she was the third journalist to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
In 1999, Bartiromo married Jonathan Steinberg, chief executive officer of WisdomTree Investments, and son of billionaire financier Saul Steinberg. They own a beach house in the hamlet of Westhampton, New York.
Joey Ramone, of The Ramones, developed a friendship with Bartiromo after his band broke up in the late 1990s. He subsequently wrote a song titled "Maria Bartiromo" that appeared on the album Don't Worry About Me, released posthumously in 2002.
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