May 25, 2011

Wall Street Journal |
“Squawk Box” anchor and 22-year CNBC veteran Mark Haines died unexpectedly Tuesday night at age 65. Colleague Jim Cramer tweeted that Haines “defined everything good about what we do.” Time’s James Poniewozik writes in his tribute:

Haines was plain-spoken, direct, good-humored and quick to call B.S. As with much of CNBC, viewers can argue about whether his coverage and his shows’ were too cozy with business leaders or whether they missed signs leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. But Haines was steady, unpretentious and professional, whether covering earnings reports, a market crisis or the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Times’ DealBook reports former CNBC exec Jonathan Wald called Haines was the “nicest gruff guy you will ever meet. Epitomized the brand, loved the news, cared deeply.”

Charles Gasparino, who left CNBC for Fox Business last year, tweets:

for all my battles at cnbc i never battled mark haines; a class act thru and thru. i used to call him the real chairman of the board; RIP

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