Maria Sara Bartiromo was born on September 11, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York. Maria works as an American television journalist, magazine columnist, and book author. Maria is currently the host of Mornings with Maria on Fox Business and Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street on PBS.
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The Italian- American couple of Vincent and Josephine Bartiromo welcomed and raised their child, Maria in the Dyker Heights of Southern Brooklyn. She was a student at Fontbonne Hall Academy and later went to New York University to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Economics.
In an interview with Parade Magazine, Maria described how it was to grow up in Brooklyn, “I loved it. It was a great neighborhood. I grew up on a street where we had lots of young people playing outside. I would play manhunt and stick ball on my block. It was very much a family neighborhood. Brooklyn was great because it felt like it was suburban, but it really wasn’t. As a young woman, I could go into the city and have fun and still be 30 minutes from home. It was a middle class environment where all the neighbors knew each other, and my parents were very hard working my whole life. I always watched them work very hard and that’s obviously why I work so hard. I still go back a lot. I have family there. I’m so grateful to have been raised in Brooklyn.”
Maria started off her broadcasting career as a producer and assignment editor of the show, CNN Business News. After spending 5 productive years in CNN, she moved on and joined CNBC in 1993, as a host and managing editor of her own show, On the Money with Maria Bartiromo. The format of the show involved Maria interview financial figures and analysts.
In 2007, Maria went on to host the show, The Business of Innovation. She was a hit with producers and viewers of CNBC. She was tasked to host various programs such as Closing Bell, Business Centre and Market Wrap.
After 20 years of working for the CNBC network, Maria left to join the FOX Business Network. CNBC issued a statement of gratitude on her departure, thanking her for the wonderful work she did with the network.
She talked about how tough it was to leave CNBC in an interview with Parade, “I had the greatest time and it was a tough decision, but it was a move that I had to make because I was looking at my own growth. There’s a certain structure there that I feel like audiences are no longer interested in. It’s very much short-termism; it’s very much about the stock market. I think audiences want something different today. They want longer interviews and they want to feel like they walk away from an interview with understanding. I was ready to take the plunge and try something different. It’s been a terrific change. I love the new environment and I love my new show.”
When she arrived at Fox, they assigned her to be the Global Markets Editor and host of her own program, Mornings with Maria which airs on the FOX Business network and Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo which air on the Fox News Channel.
She described to Parade Magazine what her morning show on Fox News would be like, “I feel like every Sunday morning you turn on the TV and you see all these politicos making the rounds and they basically buff their talking points — very rarely do you ever see anybody connect the dots. I’m going to bring business people into the conversation to talk about real issues that the country faces. We’re also going to lean into the week ahead. I’m going to try to help people prepare their business week by giving them a heads-up on some of the events that may dictate their money and their jobs. It will be about the impact on your pocketbook.”
Maria is not just an on air personality, she has also shared her business analysis expertise through her writings. She is a monthly columnist for One-on-One for the USA Today magazine. She has also authored three books titled Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investments Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy (2001), The Weekend That Changed the Wall Street (2011) and The 10 Laws of Enduring Success (2010).
Awards and Strokes of Fame
Maria has been a recipient of many awards in the field of journalism. Some of her awards include the Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award (1997), Lincoln Statue Award (2004), Gracie Award (2008), and Emmy Awards (2008, 2009).
Aside from her hosting duties, Maria has also appeared as a guest in a number of famous television programs like The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Caroline Rhea Show’. She has also served as a guest anchor on programs like Live with Regis and Kelly Show.
Maria is famous for being the first female reporter to cover news, live from the floor of the New York stock Exchange. She has anchored the Columbus Day Parade in New York City since 1995.
Since she is quite a famous personality in the field of journalism, Maria has done cameos in a few movies as herself. These films include Risk/Reward (2003), The Taking of Phelam 123(2009), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and Inside Job (2010)’
Maria is a unique combination of beauty with brains. She has earned nicknames like ‘Money Honey’ and ‘Econo Babe.’ A singer named Joey Ramone, was so awestruck by Maria, that he even composed a song named, Maria Bartiromo in his album, Don’t Worry About Me.
Maria married her husband Jonathan Steinberg in 1999. Steinberg is the CEO of Wisdom Tree Investment. The couple share a strong relationship and are deeply attached to each other. They are considered to be a power couple in the world of finance because of their combined expertise and knowledge.
Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020