Unexpected Death of Mark Haines Stuns Financial Community

Published by: Frank Galvano on 25th May 2011 | View all blogs by Frank Galvano
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Unexpected Death of Mark Haines Stuns Financial Community

Mark Haines, a well-respected financial journalist, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening at the age of 65 at his home.  Haines spent 22 years as an integral part of CNBC's broadcast team, serving as the original anchor of the network's “Squawk Box” morning show from 1995 to 2005.  The financial news network's CEO called Haines a “building block” of CNBC's programming, and a vital cog in the development of the network's programming.

“With his searing wit, profound insight and piercing interview style, he was a constant and trusted presence in business news for more than 20 years,” Hoffman remembered in a statement informing network employees of Haines' passing.  “From the dotcom bubble to the tragic events of 9/11 to the depths of the financial crisis, Mark was always the unflappable pro.  Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed.”

Haines' presence was deeply ingrained at CNBC, and he had a reputation for giving nicknames to his on-air colleagues.  Joe “The Kahuna” Kernen, David “The Brain” Faber, and Steve “The Professor” Liesman all got those monikers from Haines.

Haines received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a member of the New Jersey State Bar.  Prior to working for CNBC, he worked as an anchor for KYW TV in Philadelphia, WBC TV in New York, and WPRI TV in Providence.

Haines gained the respect of his peers for his unflappable and professional reporting during the 9-11 tragedy, delivering solid, composed news as rumors and developments rolled in on that fateful day.  His passing was mourned throughout the financial community, with traders at the New York Stock Exchange pausing for a moment of silence.  Condolences were offered via Twitter by hundreds of colleagues, co-workers, and viewers from around the country.

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