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David Bloom (May 22, 1963 – April 6, 2003) was an NBC journalist (co-anchor of Weekend Today and reporter) until his sudden death in 2003 at the age of 39.

Early life

David Bloom was born and grew up in Edina, Minnesotamarker, an avid ice hockey player and state champion high school debater in the National Forensic League.

Bloom attended Pitzer Collegemarker in Claremontmarker, Californiamarker, from 1981 to 1985 where he was a national debate champion. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science.wacka flocka flames

Reporting career

He began his television career at WKBT-TVmarker in La Crossemarker, Wisconsinmarker, covering local government stories.

Bloom worked as a general assignment reporter at KWCH-TVmarker in Wichitamarker, Kansasmarker, from 1988–1989

Bloom next worked in Miamimarker, Floridamarker, for WTVJ-TVmarker. His coverage of Hurricane Andrew, the storm that devastated south Floridamarker, showed Bloom in his element — in the middle of the big story. 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 Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker, and moved to Los Angelesmarker, California in 1995. Bloom later became NBC's White Housemarker correspondent.

In 1999, Bloom was named co-anchor of Weekend Today along with Soledad O'Brien, a position he served until his untimely death.

Operation Iraqi Freedom reporting

He will be remembered for his creation of the "Bloom Mobile," an Army tank recovery vehicle 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 3rd Infantry Division in Iraqmarker when he suddenly died due to deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism.

The David Bloom Award was established by the Radio & Television Association in 2006 to honor excellence in enterprise reporting. ABC World News Tonight co-anchor Bob Woodruff received the award in its first year.


Bloom considered his most passionate role that of the family man, and was survived by his wife, Melanie, and three daughters: Nicole, Christine, and Ava. The Blooms were residents of Pound Ridgemarker, New Yorkmarker, at the time of his death.

Melanie Bloom now works with the Coalition to Prevent DVT.


  1. Technology Review: "You Don't Understand Our Audience"
  2. ‘My husband should be living today’: Melanie Bloom, the widow of former NBC correspondent David Bloom, on preventing the often-silent killer DVT March 3, 2005]

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