These days everyone is glued to CNBC for financial news, as grim as that news is. Some news junkies of the male species, however, are not ashamed to admit that the bad news becomes easier to take when it passes through the lips of CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Erin Burnett, and Becky Quick.
Bartiromo, the original “Money Honey,” (she even trademarked the name), spawned a whole group of attractive young women who look good on camera and (surprise!) actually know what they are talking about. Who says that financial news has to be covered only by men? These women are taking on the challenge. And with the economy being the number one story, they are getting plenty of face time.
Behind each woman is solid experience in finance. Bartiromo spent five years as a producer and assignment editor for CNN Business News. At CNBC she anchors The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo. Burnett was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and was a vice president for Citigroup/Citimedia. She anchors CNBC’s Street Signs, weekdays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Quick, a seven-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal, is co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
CNBC is part of NBC and so each woman frequently pops up on network news shows. Burnett is a regular on Meet the Press, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and the Today Show. Bartiromo has her own Sunday morning program on NBC, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, which follows Meet the Press.
The fact that each one has a beautiful face hasn’t gone unnoticed by those watching.
The terrific trio has inspired unofficial fan pages on the web where admirers (and, yes, they are almost all men) come to post and sing praises.
“downright professional and beautiful what a talent you are!!!” Jim
“You’re still my best girl even though I don’t say it enough.” Vinny
“I wake up at 3 a.m. to see you in California. Awesome interviews, worthy of such a talented individual. I am a hooked (sic).” Mark
“In my opinion she is a 10 across the board.” Jim
“Becky is the most intelligent, sexy newswoman! She is a hot newsanchor with a sense of humor. Can wait (sic) until fall, when Becky starts wearing her boots again!” screenname BeckyCrush
“My wife is jealous of the time I spend with Becky. She knows my thirst for crude prices can’t be quenched.” Mr. Quick
Burnett’s page notes not only her educational background (St. Andrew’s School, Potomac, MD, Williams College) but also her measurements (30-24-34). Bartiromo’s website, besides a message board, includes links to all her interviews and mentions on gossip pages.
The question is not whether these women do a good job but whether there are less attractive women covering finance who are not being given similar promotions and air time. Would Maria, Erin, and Becky have received these opportunities if they were not beautiful?
But then again this is television, a visual medium where looks sell products, shows, and, yes, even business news. We can only guess that right now across the country there are many young women studying finance while also brushing up on their looks hoping to be the next glamorous face on CNBC.