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."
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.
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.