Chuck Haynie, a longtime cameraman and photographer for Chicago’s WTTW, died June 1 after a brief illness. He was 62.
Haynie shot primarily for the politics beat of the station’s nightly newsmagazine, Chicago Tonight. He joined WTTW in 1992 and worked there for 22 years, until his death. He covered the mayoral administrations of Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel, as well as the trials and convictions of former Illinois Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.
Prior to WTTW, Haynie worked for commercial TV stations in Chicago and Flint, Mich.
Chicago Tonight aired a tribute to Haynie June 2. “He was kind and gentle and often the first one here in the morning, and he worked tirelessly throughout the day,” said anchor Phil Ponce. WTTW posted other tributes to Haynie online, including from Emanuel, who said, “The City of Big Shoulders lost one of its biggest hearts recently with the passing of Chuck Haynie. He will be missed dearly because he was loved greatly — for his heart and his humor, his love for life and, most of all, his love for others.”
Haynie is survived by his wife Yolanda and sons Alex and Brandon.
Mr. Haynie was a fine human being. I enjoyed seeing the world through his lens. I will miss him. I will always remember him.