The President of CNBC, Mark Hoffman, called Haines a “building block” of the financial networks’ 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 said in a statement to CNBC employees. “From the dotcom bubble to the tragic events of 9/11 to the depths of the financial crisis, Mark was always the unflappable pro,” said Hoffman. “Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed.”
Yesterday, even the New York Stock Exchange had a moment of silence in honor or Haines.
“He worked his way into this community very well. When the news popped out this morning it swept across the floor in a manner usually reserved for some large geopolitical event that moves markets,” said Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS. “Everybody was riveted.”
Haines (65) had worked his way up to be the founding anchor of the network’s signature morning show, “Squawk Box,” and helped develop its format. He had served as a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WABC-TV in New York, and WPRI-TV in Providence, joining CNBC in 1989.
Haines obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and wass a member of the New Jersey State Bar. In 2000, he was named in Brill’s Content’s “Influence List.”
As yet, the cause of death has not been released but we will report as soon as further details are available.