Mark Haines died unexpectedly Tuesday at the age of 65. The cause of death has not been revealed but the suddenness of his death favors a heart attack. Haines was an iconic, original mainstay of the financial cable news network CNBC, which I watch every business day.
A big, gruff former Rhode Island print journalist and a lawyer, Haines had no patience with anyone who ‘spun’ answers to his all too direct questions. CEOs of the world’s largest corporations feared him.
Haines manned the CNBC desk during 9/11. His steady, insightful performance during those terrible hours elevated his stature as a broadcaster to the level of Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow.
Haines’ gruff exterior masked a quite different man, off camera. Viewers always saw the top half of Haines, suit and tie. Yet he often wore sweats and boat shoes beneath the suit and tie. He adored his family and the New York Mets. Colleagues knew this Mark Haines and they loved him.
The millions of investors who religiously monitor CNBC’s coverage of all things financial, like myself, have lost a dear friend and public servant.