Maria Bartiromo Broke The Glass Ceiling In 1995

by Lauren Holter

Tuesday's fourth GOP debate will be moderated by some pretty incredible journalists — including Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network's global markets editor. Not only is she an esteemed TV anchor and author, but Bartiromo broke the glass ceiling in 1995 when she became the first reporter to broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) floor on a daily basis. Nicknamed "Money Honey," Bartiromo's live reporting from the trading floor revolutionized the way networks covered the stock market.

During her 20-year stint at CNBC that began in 1993, Bartiromo started the network's Squawk Box morning program, anchored The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo, and anchored and edited On the Money with Maria Bartiromo. Her weekday Squawk Box broadcast meant she was at the NYSE at 7 a.m. every morning reporting on market trends, publicly traded companies, and the people in charge of traded companies. "It's all about making money," Bartiromo told The New York Times during an interview on the trading floor in 2000. "I try to find interesting situations where an investor can have an opportunity, a leg up." Bartiromo didn't just do what male journalists were already doing, she outshone them by doing even more — the ultimate shattering of any glass ceiling.

Bartiromo has won multiple awards for her work over the years. She has two Emmys for her coverage of the 2007-2008 financial collapse and her 2009 documentary Inside the Mind of Google. In 2009, The Financial Times named her one of the "50 Faces That Shaped the Decade," writing that she had "made the transition from breathless market rundowns from the New York Stock Exchange to the inner circle of the business elite from Wall Street to Davos."

Then in 2011, she became the first female journalist inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame (breaking another glass ceiling). "They tell me I'm the first female journalist on the list and I'm in awe of that... I feel incredibly proud — proud to be part of this industry," she told Adweek after being inducted into the hall of fame.

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Along with her economic and business coverage, Bartiromo has published three booksThe Weekend That Changed Wall Street, The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, and Use The News.

Bartiromo joined the Fox Business Network in 2014, anchoring Mornings with Maria Bartiromo and Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. Now, she's moderating a presidential GOP debate focused on jobs, taxes, the economy, and domestic and international policies. With all of her experience in economic journalism, she's the perfect woman for the job.