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David Bloom’s Daughters, Through the Years

Yesterday, we reported on how one of the late NBC News anchor David Blooms daughters is following in his journalism footsteps.

And this Father’s Day weekend, we thought we’d show you all of his daughters growing up over the years, through images from their annual presentation of the David Bloom Award at the Congressional Radio and Television Dinner. They began presenting the award in 2006 in tribute to their father, who died in 2003 while covering the Iraq War.

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David Bloom’s Daughter Following in Late Father’s Footsteps

Bloom DaughtersAt the Congressional Radio and TV Correspondents dinner last night, David Bloom‘s three daughters presented the annual award memorializing their father, the late NBC News anchor who died while covering the Iraq War in 2003.

And while he’s been gone for over a decade, one of David’s daughters is carrying on her father’s journalism legacy in her own way.

CNN reporter Lisa Desjardins introduced Bloom’s daughters, announcing that one of his twins, Nicole (pictured in the middle of the three), is following in dad’s footsteps: she’s co-anchoring her college’s morning news show while double majoring in performing arts and journalism. Her twin sister, Christine, is an economics double major at her school. The youngest Bloom, Ava, is about to enter high school.

Bloom’s daughters presented the award named for him to UK Channel 4′s Olly Lambert for his reporting inside Syria. FishbowlDC reports on the other winners, which include ABC News.

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Florida Runs Your News

florida_9-2.jpgGrowing up in South Florida, I should have known I would someday end up somehow involved in TV news. For better or worse, the state of Florida — and in particular the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market — has had maybe the biggest impact on the television news industry outside New York and LA.

For one, the number of major national anchors who did stints in South Florida will astound you. CNN’s Larry King and “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft both did stints at WPLG very early in their careers. King also once worked at current NBC O&O WTVJ, where Katie Couric would later be a general assignment reporter.

“Get this,” says current-HLN anchor and former Miami anchor/health reporter Robin Meade. “When I was at WSVN in 1994-ish, I did the mornings. Rick Sanchez was the main anchor at the station. Shepherd Smith was a street reporter for the same channel. Linda Stouffer (former HLN anchor) was the weekend morning anchor. And Charles Molineaux (former HLN anchor) was my co-anchor in the morning. Soon after I left, I believe Shawn Robinson started doing the mornings there before heading to access Hollywood.”

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Cable News Notes: Covering the Final Combat Brigade as it Leaves Iraq

Engel_8.19.jpg• MSNBC remained in rolling coverage all night of the final U.S. military convoy as it made its way out of Iraq and in to Kuwait. For much of the night it was a tri-anchor situation with Keith Olbermann in New York, Chris Matthews in Boston and Rachel Maddow in Baghdad. Incoming primetime anchor Lawrence O’Donnell shared the New York set with Olbermann. The network had, in Olbermann’s words, “a world exclusive” with NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his cameraman Craig White, live, embedded with the final convoy to leave Iraq. White was David Bloom‘s cameraman in April, 2003, when the NBC News anchor died during the U.S.-led invasion. Seven years later, Engel and White used the so-called Bloom mobile to report the final troop departure.

Said Maddow at the top of the 9pmET hour, “The reason no one else in all of TV and all the world is able to bring you the image that we’ve been able to broadcast … and no one else can show you footage like this is because NBC has technology to do this like no one else has.”

This was the Bloom mobile’s first trip to Iraq since the 2003 invasion. It’s been used in the U.S. for everything from hurricane coverage to following political candidates. In the 10pmET hour Engel interviewed a sergeant who’d served two tours in Iraq: the first was during the invasion. Iraq “is a lot better place for the people,” said the sergeant from the 1st Infantry division. “I’m glad that we were able to do something good for them and come around and close it out on a good note.”

• On CNN, John King‘s 7pmET show was in and out of coverage of the convoy departing. Coverage accelerated during Rick Sanchez‘s 8pmET hour, slowed down during “Larry King Live” and picked up again during AC360 with John Roberts filling in. The anchors checked in with CNN correspondents Arwa Damon in Mosul and Chris Lawrence at the Pentagon.

• Fox News first mentioned the troop movements during “Special Report” at 6:10pmET, led with the story and reported it extensively during FOX Report at 7pmET. No mention was made during “The O’Reilly Factor” which is pre-taped earlier in the evening. Shepard Smith anchored a live update at 8:12pmET during “The Factor.” Coverage was sporadic during “Hannity” at 9pmET and “On the Record” at 10pmET.

Richard Engel Reports Live from Military Convoy as Final Combat Troops Exit Iraq

NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel was live at the top of “NBC Nightly News” from a stryker fighting vehicle containing the last combat troops in Iraq as they head to Kuwait, marking the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Engel, who was with the 42 Stryker Brigade, said the convoy had a total of 440 soldiers and had just left Camp Liberty in Baghdad. It was 2am in Iraq.

Anchor Brian Williams said that Engel’s reporting “constitutes the official Pentagon announcement.”

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More: NBC says Engel will continue reporting on MSNBC tonight as the convoy reaches the border. In addition, the network explains in a release how Engel used the Bloom Mobile for the report, which is named after the late David Bloom:

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WaPo Subsidiary Buys Miami’s NBC Station

NBC6_7.17.jpgNBC has sold its south Florida station, WTVJ to Post-Newsweek Stations, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. NBC bought WTVJ in 1987 for a reported $270 million. NBC was expected to fetch between $350 million and $400 million this time around. This will give Post-Newsweek two network-affiliated stations in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market, #1 rated WPLG (ABC) and #6 rated WTVJ (NBC), which should help the deal pass FCC muster.

“We are pleased to be able to reach an agreement to purchase such a historic station as WTVJ, the first TV station to broadcast in Florida. We look forward to both WPLG and WTVJ continuing to serve the South Florida community, said Post–Newsweek Stations CEO Alan Frank.

“Post-Newsweek has been a strong affiliate partner of ours for many years,” said NBC Local Media president John Wallace. “We look forward to working with Post-Newsweek as an affiliate owner for many years to come.”

NBC put WTVJ, and its Connecticut station WVIT, up for sale four months ago. Network anchors Katie Couric, Larry King, Rick Sanchez as well as Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell and the late NBC News anchor David Bloom are all WTVJ alum.

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> Update: TVNewser has obtained John Wallace’s memo to WTVJ staffers: “We expect the deal to close by the end of the year.” Click continued to read it…

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