NBC News has lost a long-time member of its extended family. Because it’s important that you know the story of Pat Thompson. Today I've asked my friend David McCormick to tell you about her. David is a former Nightly News producer, former London Bureau Chief, former Frankfurt Bureau Chief and currently our Vice President for Standards. He's the man who watches our words and our work very carefully. Today his role is telling you about a woman who loved words...and the work that we do. Please read what he's written below, and we hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast:
We at NBC News lost a dear friend yesterday. Pat Thompson, wife of CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann, died in Paris three weeks after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
In the mid 1970s, Pat joined the NBC family at our Chicago station, WMAQ, where she eventually became an on-air reporter. From there, she moved to Paris as an NBC News producer, and, on one of her many foreign assignments, she met Jim, then our Rome bureau chief and correspondent. They were married in 1983. A year later, their daughter Tess was born. Both Jim and Tess were at her side when she passed away in a suburban Paris hospital.
Pat was a terrific producer and as smart as they come. But more than that, she was a compassionate, caring person.