She was a Girl Scout.
When Maria was in school, the gamut of careers that she thought she would do included being a nurse, an interior decorator and a pharmacist.
Her mentors are Jack Welch and Dick Grasso.
When she was younger, she wanted to be a back-up singer.
She loves Armani and Gucci.
As teenager, she checked coats at her parents' Italian restaurant in Brooklyn.
She has a brother and a sister.
She is Italian-American.
She graduated from New York University where she majored in journalism and economics.
When she was young, she took Jazz, ballet and step classes.
She loves to eat Oreo cookies.
Maria attended the Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Brooklyn.
Maria grew up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn.
In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of New York Stock Exchange.
She reported frm the NYSE for ten years.
Her nickname is Money Honey.
On June 13, 1999, Maria married Jonathan Steinberg, son of Saul Steinberg.
Before joining CNBC in 1993, Maria was a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News.
Her current contract with CNBC expires in 2008.
Her father was a chef.
Maria is business news anchor, reporter, and interviewer for CNBC.
Maria: Business news is sexy.
Maria: I'm a big saver, much more than my husband. It concerns me that this country has a zero per cent savings rate.
Maria: I ask the tough questions in a civilized manner.