Cable News Channels, Anchors and Reporters Pay Tribute to CNBC’s Mark Haines

By Alex Weprin 

The news of CNBC anchor Mark Haines’ death has been reverberating through the TV news business, and a number of other cable news channels took time out of their programming to pay tribute.

On Fox News Channel, former CNBC anchor Martha MacCallum said of Haines on “America’s Newsroom”: “He will be missed by so many in this business, he was one of the pioneers of the financial business news coverage, and a great market reporter, who worked at the stock exchange for many years and we will miss him.”

On CNBC competitor Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney reported the news at 10 AM, and had Nicole Petallides get the reaction from the New York Stock Exchange floor:

Petallides: No doubt. I saw Mark Haines every single day of my life here on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange where he anchored his show… certainly here the floor is really taken aback. It is certainly a big surprise. They were saying he was here yesterday. No one of course begins to speculate as to why he passed. However, a sad time here on the floor of the new york stock exchange as he was a friend to many traders.

FBN anchor and former CNBC anchor Liz Claman will pay tribute to Haines on her 3pmET show.

On Bloomberg — another former CNBC anchor — Margaret Brennan shared the news just after 10amET:

“We are all noting the passing of Mark Haines, a longtime CNBC anchor, who passed away at the age of 65. He was one of the co-anchors of “Squawk Box.” Our condolences go out to his family and friends. I worked with him for a few years, and so many remember him for his outstanding coverage.”

In a statement Bloomberg’s Tom Keene writes:

“Mark Haines was the single most surprising business journalist I’ve ever met. He had the casual, relaxing down cold…he had the “Gee Golly Shucks” angle…behind it was a prodigious set of smart, financial and Wall Street knowledge.”

“Years ago, he wrote a super sharp essay on how to interpret the morning S&P futures. It destroyed all the misinformation out there… I used it many times with students and I used it with new employees of Bloomberg.”

“Most of all, Mark Haines kept it in perspective. He knew that no one would put on their tombstone that they were long 2,000 shares of LinkedIn.”

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer paid tribute to Haines on twitter, writing: “My deepest condolences to the family of CNBC’s Mark Haines. So very sad. He was always a solid professional and will be missed.”

FBN’s Charlie Gasparaino, who left CNBC and has been a vocal critic of the network, said on Twitter that his criticism was never directed at Haines: “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”

Former NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker: “All he ever cared about was that people thought he was fair. When I was an executive he would only begrudgingly take my call, which always made me laugh. But that’s why he was so great. He never worried what “the suits” thought. Only the viewers. As it should be.”

Fox News & Fox Business chairman & CEO Roger Ailes: “Many of us at both FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network who knew and worked with Mark Haines are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”