Maria Bartiromo To Leave CNBC After 20-Year Stint

Maria Bartiromo
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Drudge Report suggests reporter known as "Money Honey" is moving to rival Fox Business, but network has made no announcement

Maria Bartiromo, who parlayed appearances on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange into a 20-year career as one of the best-known faces of CNBC, is leaving the NBCUniversal-owned business-news network as of November 24, a spokesman for the outlet said Monday. She is likely to join Fox Business Network, according to a published report.

“After 20 years of ground-breaking work at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo will be leaving the company as her contract expires on Nov. 24,” CNBC spokesman Brian Steel said in a statement via email. “Her contributions to CNBC are too numerous to list, but we thank her for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best.”

A move to FBN would reunite Bartiromo with Roger Ailes, the cable-news impresario who noticed her talent early on while he was at CNBC.

“I want to thank all the people at CNBC who have been with me on this journey and, of course, the viewers and investors everywhere for making me love every minute of it,” Bartiromo said in a statement.

Bartiromo joined CNBC in 1993 after working five years as a producer, writer and assignment editor with CNN Business News. In 1995, she  became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis, and her fame increased steadily, so much so that she became known as “Money Honey” as CNBC’s influence among the Wall Street set grew along with a stock-market boom driven by the rise of new so-called dot-com businesses.

The Drudge Report reported earlier that Bartiromo would be joining Fox Business Network, possibly as part of a broader deal that could also have her making appearances on Fox News Channel. The 21st Century Fox-owned unit has not made an announcement.

At present, Bartiromo anchors the network’s “Closing Bell,” which airs between 3 and 5 p.m. weekdays.

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  1. JimmyLee says:

    Let’s return to those chaotic years during the dot com and after 9/11 when Ms. Bartiromo ruled the NYSE roost and provided detailed and succinct information on the financials of the day. That’s what she did and all she did. We loved it and she blazed a trail for all analysts (especially women) who we begged to give us the real scoop. But now, she is a hyperactive know-it-all and believes she has first hand knowledge of every company’s revenue/EPS numbers simply because she talked to the CEO. Well, at this moment in time, I wish her well at FOX … and, also, good luck at her deposition when she fills us in on that saucy ’07 flight with CitiGroup CFO’s Thompson …

  2. Barbra says:

    Well, she has a lot of package with her presentation of facts and a not talked about scandal. All the best to her. She is show business cant say that he common person will miss her.

  3. Finally she’s leaving. Now, if CNBC can get rid of their two other teabaggers – Santelli and Kernen, I could go back to watching CNBC regularly. I’m not sure if it’s any big coup for FBN. IMHO, Maria is on the downslide of her career.

  4. Gray Fox says:

    I have been watching CNBC for over 20 years and will continue to watch it even though Bartiromo is leaving CNBC,

  5. KM Oleson says:

    I am a 20 year fan of Maria’s and have been a loyal CNBC watcher due to her excellent coverage of business news! I will miss her on CNBC and wish her the best, and will follow her on FOX news! Big loss for CNBC and big win for FOX! Maria ROCKS it! Great to watch a woman with brains and beauty be so successful–great role model for all woman and young girls!!!!! Good luck, Kathleen Oleson

    • e@cncbc.com says:

      An incredible public relations professional to be sure.

    • Jim Noonan says:

      A better example for young woman might be some one who doesn’t deny the truth when it interfers with her political view. I will miss her rare appearances on the Sunday talk shows (other than Fox) where it is so obvious that she just can’t keep up.

  6. jack gordon says:

    Many times I felt motivated to tell CNBC to send her to Fox…..she has developed into a “bad penny” tea party millionaire. Now I can return to the 3:00 o’clock CNBC broadcast and be able to control my dismay at her hypocritical high pitched delivery.

  7. Jim Noonan says:

    She goes to lunch with Wall Street CEO’s and then goes on air and quotes their talking points like she did some reporting. Just look at her recent comments on JP Morgan. She quoted the WSJ Editorial like someone who doesn’t understand Editorial doesn’t understand an Editorial is opinion not fact. She’ll be much happier at Fox.

  8. dji says:

    i never liked her. she always brought politics into the business news and she is a right wing teabagger. not surprised she’s going to fox. i wish her all the bad luck in the world.

  9. Maria Rocks !!! This is a big deal for Fox, and a letdown for CNBC and their other NBC junk networks combined///

    Fox is tops, undeniable

  10. JoAnn says:

    I huge loss for cnbc

  11. e@cncbc.com says:

    Let’s see this one spun as a “step up”. Bartiromo is the most overrated person ever to be handed a microphone and placed in front of a camera. The face of cronyism to be sure, perfect for Fox.

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