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David E. Rosenbaum (March 1, 1942 – January 8, 2006) was an American journalist.

After receiving first a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, Rosenbaum worked for a number of publications including the St. Petersburg Times and the Congressional Quarterly. He worked for the New York Times for thirty-five years beginning in 1968. Throughout his career, he worked at as a chief correspondent for many departments at the newspaper, including Congressional, domestic policy, economics, and business. He also worked as assistant news editor for the newspaper. Rosenbaum also submitted the popular feature "The Fine Print" which dissected pending policies and legislation. In 1991, he received the Polk Award for his coverage of the 1990 tax hike by then President George H. W. Bush.

Rosenbaum died on January 8, 2006 from a brain injury caused by a blow to the head during a robbery/mugging on January 6 near his Washington, D.C. home. On January 12, 2006 a man named Michael Hamlin turned himself in to authorities and confessed to the robbery. Hamlin agreed to testify against his cousin, Percey Jordan. Both men were convicted and are in prison. A report by the D.C. inspector general's office dated June 16, 2006, sharply rebuked the city's fire and emergency medical services department, the police and Howard University Hospital for failing to respond properly after the fatal assault. The Rosenbaum family agreed to forgo a suit against the city in exchange for the creation of a task force to improve emergency services. The recommendations of the task force are now being implemented. David Rosenbaum's widow, Virginia Rosenbaum, died of cancer only five months later.

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