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May 22, 1963
Edina, Minnesota, United States
|Died||April 6, 2003
David Bloom (May 22, 1963 – April 6, 2003) was an American television journalist (co-anchor of Weekend Today and reporter) until his sudden death in 2003 after a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) became a pulmonary embolism.
Early and personal life
David Bloom was born in Edina, Minnesota, and was an avid ice hockey player and state champion in high school debating in the National Forensic League. Bloom attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, from 1981 to 1985 where he was a national debate champion. He majored in political science.
Bloom was survived by his wife, Melanie, and three daughters: Nicole, Christine, and Ava. The Blooms were residents of Pound Ridge, New York, at the time of his death. After his death, Melanie started working with the Coalition to Prevent DVT.
From 1989 until 1991, Bloom worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach before transferring to WTVJ in Miami. He covered Hurricane Andrew and while reporting the aftermath he chased off would-be looters. In 1991, he won a regional Emmy for investigative journalism for his report on South Florida's role in the shipment of arms to Iraq. He won both the Peabody Award and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for his hurricane coverage.
In 1993, Bloom joined NBC News as correspondent in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1995. Bloom later became NBC's White House correspondent. In 1999, Bloom was named co-anchor of Weekend Today along with Soledad O'Brien, a position he served until his death.
Iraq reporting and death
Bloom's name was pegged to a vehicle he used in Iraq, the "Bloom Mobile." It was a Ford F250 4 wheel drive Flatbed truck with a SeaTel stabilized marine dish retrofitted by Miramar, Florida-based company Maritime Telecommunications Network, with live television and satellite transmission equipment so he could continuously broadcast reports as troops made their way toward Baghdad.
Bloom was traveling with the U.S. Third Infantry Division in Iraq when he suddenly died due to pulmonary embolism after a deep vein thrombosis. The David Bloom Award was established by the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters in 2006 to honor excellence in enterprise reporting. ABC World News Tonight co-anchor Bob Woodruff received the award in its first year.
His passing only comes 5 years prior to the passing of Tim Russert of Meet the Press.
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