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."
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.
Through him, I learned how to stop speaking in paragraphs and pages in the pathological way most academics communicate. Instead, he forced informality, crispness, and candor. He pretended to be a “young curmudgeon” but was really a revolutionary with his rare, unscripted authenticity.
I will fondly remember our many “chats” on the set in the early morning hours and his curmudgeonly humor. He was the first (and I suspect the last) to call me “Cautiously Cautious Hugh” in the tradition of Damon Runyon.
A fixture on CNBC since the network's beginning and a welcome daily presence to countless loyal viewers, Mark brought to his work a wonderful mix of intelligence and gruff charm. He helped define not only CNBC but the entire genre of televised business news.
For a young reporter making the move from print to TV, Mark Haines was an intimidating figure. A grizzled veteran of the medium, he didn't suffer fools and took evident pleasure in putting both reporters and guests on the spot.