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For other people named David Bloom, see David Bloom (disambiguation).

David Jerome 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[edit]

David Bloom was born in Edina, Minnesota, the son of Laura Jean (née Carmichael) and Harold James Bloom. He 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 majored in political science.

In 1985, Bloom was ranked the top speaker in the nation for intercollegiate policy debate. He and his partner, Greg Mastel, were ranked the top debate team in the nation before entering the National Debate Tournament of 1985. They lost in quarter finals to Loyola Marymount.[1]

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, his widow began working with the Coalition to Prevent DVT[2] and remarried to Daniel McNulty in 2008.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He began his television career at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, covering local government stories. Bloom worked as a general assignment reporter at KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kansas from 1988-89.[citation needed]

In 1989, Bloom joined NBC's 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 RTNDAEdward R. Murrow Award for his hurricane coverage.[citation needed]

In 1993, Bloom joined NBC News as correspondent in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1995. Bloom covered the presidential campaigns of 1996 and 2000 for the network and in 1997 became NBC's White House correspondent. Former President Clinton said that Bloom's "integrity and good humor will be missed." [4]

During his tenure with NBC, Bloom reported on major stories including presidential races, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Washington-area sniper shootings, and the war in Bosnia. According to the late Tim Russert, former NBC Washington bureau chief, "You couldn't keep him away from a story. "Whenever something was breaking, he wanted to be there."[4] In March 2002, Bloom became co-anchor of Weekend Today along with Soledad O'Brien, a position he served until his death.

Iraq reporting and death[edit]

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.[5] Reporting live, round-the-clock, as the American armored column fought north across the desert toward Baghdad, Bloom commented offhandedly on the cramped conditions, excessive heat and lack of sleep that came with the mission.[6]

On April 6, 2003, Bloom was traveling with the U.S. Third Infantry Division in Iraq while covering the war in Iraq. He had been on assignment in Iraq for several weeks when a blood clot in his leg traveled to an artery in his lungs to cause a fatal pulmonary embolism, as a result of a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).[7] "The clot in Bloom’s leg was likely brought on by spending long days and nights cramped inside armored vehicles. One night he called Melanie from a satellite phone in the middle of the night, exposing himself to hostile fire just to get a few minutes outside of an armored tank because his legs had been cramping up."[8]

The David Bloom Award[edit]

In 2006 The National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters established an award to honor excellence in enterprise reporting. ABCWorld News Tonight co-anchor Bob Woodruff received the award in its first year.[citation needed]


  1. ^List_of_National_Debate_Tournament_winners
  2. ^Merli, Geno (February 2012). "From High-Energy to Hospitalized in Less Than a Week". The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  3. ^Huffington Post: "10 Years Later — Melanie Bloom and Lee Woodruff Look Back", April 4, 2013.
  4. ^ ab"NBC News' David Bloom dies in Iraq", USA Today, April 6, 2003
  5. ^Technology Review: "You Don't Understand Our Audience"
  6. ^Kleber, Mick. "DVT: David Bloom's silent killer", USA Today, April 11, 2003
  7. ^‘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]
  8. ^Stump, Scott. "10 years later, David Bloom remembered", Today, April 5, 2013

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11 March 2018

Plaque at War correspondents Memorial Gathland State Park

Lisa Colagrossi, a highly respected morning anchor and reporter for WABC/Channel 7, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage while returning from an assignment in Queens, the station announced early Saturday.

Colagrossi was “a determined reporter who got the story and presented it to our viewers with a true sincerity,’’ said station manager David Davis.

He added, “as much as she loved her craft, she lived for her family.

She was the ultimate hockey mom, in the best sense, as she shepherded her two boys from rink to rink.

“Her husband Todd told me today, ‘Please let everyone at the station know how much she loved working with them, she loved the people of Eyewitness News.’ ’’

The 49-year-old Cleveland native was stricken Thursday as she was returning to the studio with cameraman Marvin Hoffman, who quickly flagged down a passing ambulance.

It already had a patient inside, but Hoffman insisted, “If you don’t come and help her now, she’s going to die.”

Colagrossi was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

“She never regained consciousness and there was no chance for survival,’’ Davis said.

Colagrossi, whose two sons are 11 and 15, had been with the station since 2001, when she was hired as a freelancer to help cover the 9/11 attacks.

“We respect her immensely,” said one colleague.

“I always felt fortunate when I was picking up a story from her — she would always go out of her way to get details that nobody else had.”

“I can’t tell you how heartbreaking it is.”

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