Veteran anchor Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly May 24, 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."
Part of having been so privileged to have been the first president of NBC cable and one of the founders of CNBC, was having Mark part of the original team that made CNBC the huge brand it has become.
All of us at CME Group are extremely saddened by the loss of Mark Haines. He was a true media pioneer who put financial reporting at the forefront of the 24 hour news cycle. We have enjoyed the opportunities we have had to work with him in the past.
Vintage Mark Haines was his creation of the Alan Greenspan "brief case indicator" on Federal Reserve meeting days. What began in the mind of Mark Haines as a satire on the mystery and opaque workings of the Federal Reserve....took on a life of its own.
I am so saddened by Mark Haines passing, he was far too young and had so much left to accomplish in life. He had an uncanny ability to ask the "right question" as well as a quick wit. More importantly, he was a good person.
We launched Squawk Box together in 1994 and we were proud of delivering something new and something valuable to viewers.
That interview got a lot of media play and was a seminal moment in my CNBC career. But what gave me the most gratification was that now I was a member of the "Mark Haines Club."
I negotiated Mark's first deal and we had a long talk about the fact that he had gone to law school and never loved the law and that broadcasting was his passion... and it must have been, because when we hired Mark, he worked for very little money, but he was always happy.
We have enjoyed his company on and off air for many, many years. He is a legend in the business of financial news and it was an honor knowing him.