CNBC anchor Mark Haines dies at age 65

Posted By on May 25, 2011

markhaines_cnbc_slingboxAlthough I’ve never been a big Mark Haines fan, he was part of my routine for the 22 years he was on as on CNBC as one of the founding faces. I saw him the way many watchers and coworkers did, as a “crusty curmudgeon” on Squawkbox. I  would often catch myself “squawking” back at the TV, Slingbox feed or satellite radio audio (or streamed it from home via cellphone in the early years) at his comments. His passing at 65 make one recognize the limited number of year we have to make a difference in this world … and for financial cable TV, Mark Haines did — April 19, 1946 – May 24, 2011. (CNBC’s page)

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The tributes from his colleagues, those he interviewed and viewers has been touching this morning … and their special tonight at 7PM will no doubt be much appreciated.

The memory which is burned in my mind is his coverage and professionalism in the way he was broadcasting the events happening the morning of 9/11/2001. As I was getting my son up and ready for school,

markhainesspecialMark covered a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers. I called Taylor in and we sat in shock as a second tower was hit. Mark’s coverage will forever be in my memories.

I also appreciated his common man approach to talking with high powered guest and treatment of his more professional coworkers … minus Joe Kernen, “The Kahuna” (his personality is a bit lighter). Mark always seemed to come up with a nickname for all of his friends … David Faber (The Brain), Steve Liesman (The Professor), Bob Pissani (The Italian Stallion) and even without a nickname seemed to shorten names that make coworkers feel like family – Becky Quick as “Beck” or Jane Wells as “Janie.” I will miss his face on my morning TV. My condolences to his coworkers and family that he loved so much.



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