Jamie Zimmerman, medical doctor and ABC reporter, drowns in Hawaii


Jamie Zimmerman, a medical doctor and reporter for ABC News, drowned while on vacation in Hawaii.

She died Oct. 12 after losing her footing and being swept out to sea while trying to cross the Lumahai River on the island of Kauai. She was 31.

Her mother confirmed her death in a post on her Facebook page.

“In her short 31 years Jamie traveled the globe representing America as a caring mindfulness ambassador,” Jordan Zimmerman wrote. “Her accomplishments included helping Congolese refugees in Zambia, volunteering in a cash-strapped hospital in India, building classrooms in Uganda, and working with indigenous people on the Amazon in Peru. Jamie served as a United Nations Global Health representative in Haiti and she even taught meditation at the U.S. Capitol.”


Dr. Zimmerman, who studied at UCLA and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, also made a documentary film on Congolese refugee camps.

ABC News President James Goldston said in a statement that in addition to her work for the network, Zimmerman ran meditation sessions for the New York staff.

Dr. Zimmerman was awarded UCLA’s Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award . She also planned to collaborate with Deepak Chopra on a new project. She also worked with the (Goldie) Hawn Foundation, training educators and school administrators to teach meditation to children.

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