He was a dedicated, tenacious and talented reporter. And much like the people whose stories he covered, David Bloom was a leader in his field, who died doing what he loved, and what he did best. NBC news correspondent Bob Faw reports.
THERE WAS, IN everything he did, a sense of urgency. He knew it mattered and he made sure you knew it, too. In war, perhaps during a sandstorm.
The war in Iraq showcased all that talent — from those early hours, crossing the desert with the 3rd Infantry Division — so many reports, filed round the clock he became what columnist called “...Iraq’s unofficial travel guide,” bringing the war up close and personal at 50 mph.
Spontaneous, unrehearsed, candid and sometimes breathless, always on target he wasn’t just good on his feet — he was dazzling and, unfailingly human.
First and foremost however, David Bloom was a competitor.
Dubbed “Robo-correspondent,” by one of his producers who said, “he’d just keep going and going and never stops.”
Determined to be first, to win his career was meteoric. The Minnesota native was hired by Miami station WTVJ in 1989 where he chased down looters after hurricane Andrew.
Resourceful and stretching every deadline he ever met, Bloom was hired by NBC News in 1993. Two years later moving to Los Angeles to cover the O.J. Simpson trial.
Two short years later, he was named White House correspondent.
He didn’t just seem tireless — he was.
From the devastation September 11, in New York City to his virtual round-the-clock coverage of the sniper shootings in Washington — his goal — other than to spend more time with his wife, and three daughters — was realized in March, 2000 when he began to co-host weekend editions of Today. Though clearly a star, he was impossible not to like. His colleagues were run ragged by his inexhaustible energy, and were won over by his enthusiasm and boyish charm.
In just a few short years, he made a huge impression. Looking back, one marvels at how much he did and how well. David Bloom, courageous, committed, and compelling, was only 39.