The BBC’s world affairs correspondent Paul Wood has been given this year’s David Bloom Award in recognition of his on-the-ground reporting from Iraq in 2014. The award was announced last night at the Annual Radio Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington D.C.
This is actually the second time that Wood has won the prestigious award, which honors the late NBC News anchor David Bloom by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting. This is the fifth time that BBC News has won the award, with Orla Guerin winning in 2009, Lyse Doucet in 2010, Wood in 2012 and Ian Pannell winning in 2013.
This time, Wood’s award is for his frontline reporting from Iraq and his video dispatch “The Fight against Islamic State.” The report was filed from the Iraqi town of Jalula, where Kurdish troops were trying to push back the advance of the “Islamic State.” It captured how the group quickly came under fire from ISIS fighters, during which a Kurdish soldier was shot in the leg but survived the injury.
Check out the winning report below: