April 9 — The Bloom family remembers a father and husband: David was an energetic and talented reporter whose battlefield broadcasts gave millions a soldier’s view of war. David was born in Edina, Minnesota and attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California where he was national debate champion.
HIS TELEVISED DEBATE triumph launched his career as a reporter that began in La Crosse, Wisconsin and later Wichita, Kansas. He moved to Miami as an investigative journalist for NBC in 1989. His work took him to Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, where David served as White House correspondent, and finally to New York as the weekend anchor of the Today show. David was a familiar face on morning and nightly news broadcasts, bringing live coverage from the wars in Bosnia and Somalia, from Ground Zero in New York, as well as Israel, Kuwait, and Pakistan.
Although David died doing what he loved, his heart and thoughts belonged to his family. In David’s last communication to his wife, Melanie, on April 5th, he wrote “when the moment comes in my life when you are talking about my last days, I am determined that you and others will say ‘he was devoted to his wife and children, he was admired, he gave every ounce of his being for those whom he cared most about… not himself, but God and his family.’”
He is survived by Melanie, his three daughters, Christine, Nicole and Ava, his parents Harold and Laura, of Edina, Minnesota, and his brothers John, of Edina, and Jim, of Seattle, Washington.
A MESSAGE FROM MELANIE BLOOM
David Bloom’s family received tens of thousands of e-mail condolences. His wife, Melanie, expresses her thanks for all the thoughtful mail.
I want you to know that I read your email expressing sympathy for my husband, David Bloom’s, death. I cannot begin to tell you how much your thoughts mean to David’s family and me. There has been such an outpouring of compassion, and your words touched me. In this most difficult of times, it is comforting to know that many people like yourself watched his reports, respected him and cared about him. When our three daughters are a little older, I will show them your note so they will know how much their daddy was admired.
Again, thank you for your thoughtfulness in taking the time to write and send your condolences.
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DAVID BLOOM CHILDREN’S TRUST
David’s friends have established a trust for the benefit of his three daughters. Donations in memoriam may be sent to:
David Bloom Children’s Trust
c/o Latham & Watkins
885 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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