David Bloom, 39, was the winner of 1985 Copeland Award. He died from Pulmonary embolism in Baghdad, Iraq while embedded with US troops

David Bloom was co-anchor of the weekend editions of "Today" since March 2000. An extremely skilled and tenacious reporter, he also covered a number of major news stories for NBC News, including reporting from Israel on the escalating violence in the Middle East, the war on terrorism at home, and the recovery efforts from Ground Zero and the Washington, D.C. sniper story. Most recently, Bloom has been embedded with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division reporting on the war with Iraq.

Prior to joining "Today," Bloom was NBC News' White house Correspondent from 1997 to 2000. Covering the White House beat during one of the businest news cycles, Bloom reported on the Maryland Peace Summit with Yassir Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu, on Operation Desert Fox and the NATO bombings in Kosovo. In addition, Bloom reported extensively on the impeachment of President Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal. He reported from the White House for all NBC News broadcasts, including "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," "Today," MSNBC, NBC's 24-hour news and information network, and CNBC.

Prior to being named White House Correspondent, Bloom was a Los Angeles-based correspondent for NBC News since May 1995. In that capacity, he reported extensively on the Unabomber, the Freeman standoff and the war in Bosnia. He also covered Bob Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign and the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. David Bloom first joined NBC News as a correspondent based in Chicago in 1993. Prior to that, he had been a general assignment and investigative reporter for WTVJ, the NBC-owned television station in Miami, since November 1989. While at WTVJ, Bloom contributed many reports to NBC News broadcasts. He provided extensive coverage of the U.S. military buildup off Haiti for "NBC Nightly News" and "Today." He contributed a report about the police investigation and capture of a Florida serial killer for "Dateline NBC" and reported from Cuba during "Today's" trip to that country in 1991. He also covered other major news stories such as Hurricanes Andrew and Emily, the Somali famine, the Midwest floods, the ATF siege of Branch Dividians in Waco, Texas, the escape of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the coup in Haiti. Bloom is the co-recipient of the 1992 George Foster Peabody Award and an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He received a 1991 Regional Emmy Award for Investigative Journalism for his report on South Florida's role in the shipment of arms to Iraq. David Bloom attended Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. from 1981 to 1985.