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.
"Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed," said CNBC President Mark Hoffman.
Corporate executives, on-air guests, commentators and contributors on CNBC had a special appreciation for Mark Haines.
We launched Squawk Box together in 1994 and we were proud of delivering something new and something valuable to viewers.
For years I worked with Mark Haines on Squawk Box, usually Friday mornings as a guest or guest host. We go back a long way. He called me 'Lawrence of America.' The nickname stuck. I loved it. Like every one I was stunned to hear the unspeakably bad news this morning.
Mark Haines had such an engaging television presence that it is difficult to envision whom CNBC will find to fill his shoes.
When CNBC started, Mark gave us a sense of stability and security. Six years later, in 1995, Mark gave CNBC what it needed most: its voice. Its personality. On the premiere of Squawk Box that year, Mark promised "a program like you've never seen before." Boy, did he have that right.
Mark was not the sort of guy who would come running over to say hello when I dropped in for a visit to CNBC headquarters. If I saw him in a hallway, he'd shout "Janie!" on his way to one of his infamous smoking breaks and keep on walking. I loved it.
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.
More than once Mark and I sparred on air about what was happening with the Big Three as they were losing billions of dollars. I loved those exchanges.
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 was an original. In every sense. As a producer, what I loved about Mark was that he was truly authentic, and never pretended to be anything but who he was.
To Mark, on air, I was ‘Erb (he dropped the “H”) and since my return he always introduced me saying something like, “Now let’s pay a visit to ‘Erb’s Garden.” I loved it! (Any nickname from Mark was coveted.)
You might not know when it would come, but you didn’t want to miss it when it did: that moment in an interview conducted by Mark Haines when he would cast a skeptical eye at his subject and bear down with that baritone voice in a relentless, but perfectly acceptable way and demand an answer.
While I was waiting for the elevator to go back to my office from the NYSE floor this morning, the CEO of Heinz, Bill Johnson, came over to say hello. "I'm sorry about your loss," he said. "Mark was a great lover of ketchup, and a great lover of Heinz products." He was indeed. His death came like a thunderclap on the NYSE floor.
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.
My heart goes out to the the family of Mark Haines. I was saddened and shocked when I first heard of Mark's passing. To me, Mark was always larger than life, both in stature and on air.
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.
This is a guy who didn't put on airs. He came to work in ratty sweatpants and god-awful bright-colored Crocs. He didn't suffer fools, but at the end of the day he really was always fair.
When I got to CNBC in July 2006, I knew I'd have to get to know Mark Haines. And boy did I.
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.
Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening. Brian Shactman remembers.
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.
I had conducted press briefings from the White House, from US Treasury, I had done countless network and cable interviews, but I was never more worried about saying something stupid than when I did my first interview with Mark Haines!
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."
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.
The passing of Mark Haines reverberated beyond CNBC .....
One Chicago school teaches kids about financial literacy, with John Rogers, Ariel Capital Management CEO and CNBC's Mark Haines
CNBC's Mark Haines, live on September 11, 2001.
The crash of '87 happened 20 years ago, today, and Elaine Garzarelli, president of Garzarelli Research, and CNBC's Mark Haines look back on that day.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs and Mark Haines discuss their feelings regarding BP and the ongoing Gulf oil spill.
Discussing how the $700 billion plan is resonating with the presidential election, with James Pethokoukis, U.S. News & World Report; Keith Boykin, The Daily Voice; and CNBC's Mark Haines.
CNBC's John Harwood discusses Obama's feeling about the markets and his non-appearance at the NYSE, with CNBC's Mark Haines & Erin Burnett.
President Obama is inviting 150 doctors to the White House today including one from each state to discuss health care reform, with Dan Ripp, Bradley Woods; Rick Weissenstein, Washington Research Group; and CNBC's Mark Haines.
Insight on the turn of power, with Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent and CNBC's Erin Burnett & Mark Haines.
Why big spenders often marry savers, with Scott Rick, University of Michigan; Dr. Nancy Irwin, cognitive behavioral therapist; and CNBC's Mark Haines.
Discussing whether the financial industry is really serious about reform, with Tim Ryan, SIFMA president & CEO and CNBC's Mark Haines.