My relationship guru who changed my life

(CNN)When I got the assignment to choose the "person who changed my life," I was momentarily stumped.

Was it a teacher? A boss? Many special people have had an impact on my life. But when I thought about what changed my life the most, I realized it was getting married and having kids. Then I had to think, "Who helped make that happen?"
The answer was Maria Villalobos.
Maria and I met when I was 26 years old and working at the crime show "America's Most Wanted." Before I met Maria, I heard about her -- other people at work told me about this amazing new reporter who I should immediately befriend. But I scoffed. Why would I, a poster child for the 20-something single life, become friends with a 32-year-old married lady? Let's not be ridiculous.