- The Washington Times - Monday, January 9, 2006

David E. Rosenbaum, 63, veteran newsman

David E. Rosenbaum, a veteran reporter and editor for the New York Times, died Jan. 8 at Howard University Hospital of injuries he suffered during a Jan. 6 robbery and beating near his home in Northwest. He was 63.

Born March 1, 1942, in Miami, Mr. Rosenbaum grew up in Tampa, Fla. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1963 and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1965.

Mr. Rosenbaum worked for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, a chain of suburban newspapers in London and Congressional Quarterly in Washington before joining the New York Times in 1968.

He worked in the paper’s Washington bureau for the rest of his career, except for three years in the 1980s, when he served as the Times’ special-projects editor in New York.

The stories Mr. Rosenbaum covered included the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973 and the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987.

He covered a broad range of topics, including Medicare and Social Security restructuring, and shared the George Polk Award for national reporting with a fellow Times reporter for their coverage of the 1990 federal budget deal.

Mr. Rosenbaum also directed the Times’ coverage of the New Hampshire primaries during the past three presidential elections. He retired in December, but planned to continue contributing articles to the Times.

Philip Taubman, chief of the Times’ Washington bureau, said Mr. Rosenbaum had been working on a preliminary obituary for former President Gerald Ford as part of his freelance arrangement with the paper and had been in the office Jan. 6, just hours before the attack.

“David was the reporter’s reporter,” said Mr. Taubman, who had worked with Mr. Rosenbaum intermittently since 1979. “He could talk to the policy-makers and the number crunchers and all the Social Security mavens at a level of sophistication and translate that into reader-friendly stories that captured the essence of what was going on without getting lost in the density of the details.”

Mr. Taubman said Mr. Rosenbaum served as an adviser and counselor to young reporters at the Times and was “highly respected by his peers as someone of impeccable standards and integrity.”

Mr. Rosenbaum is survived by his wife; a son, Daniel, who is a photographer for The Washington Times; a daughter; a brother; and two grandchildren..

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