Veteran anchor Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly May 25, 2011. He was 65 years old.
Mark Haines was the co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," which broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Part of the CNBC team since 1989, Haines was the founding anchor of the network's signature morning show, "Squawk Box," and helped develop its format.
A broadcast veteran who served as a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WABC-TV in New York, and WPRI-TV in Providence, Haines joined CNBC in 1989.
Haines had a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a member of the New Jersey State Bar. In 2000, he was named to Brill's Content's "Influence List."
Corporate executives, on-air guests, commentators and contributors on CNBC had a special appreciation for Mark Haines.
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The NYSE may have been the Mark's home for the many years that he anchored "Squawk on the Street" from that floor, but he also found his way into the hearts of many of the traders here at the Nymex.
I learned an important lesson from Mark Haines as I embarked on a TV career five years ago after a quarter-century in print. It was the value of authenticity. On TV, Mark was the same person that he was off the air.
Mark Haines was CNBC, and CNBC was Mark Haines. I learned this from Mark himself and the countless people who gave me their opinions of CNBC when they found out I worked there.
He taught me how to decifer the news and then showed me how to bundle it all together into one special package. That package became Squawk Box.