BBC’s Ian Pannell honoured with David Bloom Award for frontline reporting from Colombia

Ian Pannell’s enterprising, fresh, courageous and daring reporting exemplifies the work and legacy of David Bloom and what this award is all about.David Bloom Award judge
Date: 16.06.2016     Last updated: 16.06.2016 at 14.52
Category: BBC World News
The BBC’s International Correspondent Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway (DC) have been awarded this year’s prestigious David Bloom Award in recognition of their reporting from Colombia. The announcement was made on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at the Annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington DC.

The award recognizes Ian and DC for their frontline reporting from Colombia in 2015, where they travelled deep inside the country to cover the authorities fight against drug-trafficking, reporting on the Special Forces trying to stem the distribution of cocaine, as well as speaking to those fueling the deadly trade.

Their award-winning report broadcast on the BBC’s daily US newscast World News America in 2015, available in the US and globally on the BBC’s 24-hour international news channel BBC World News, as well as public television in the US. The reports were also featured on BBC News outlets within the UK and online at BBC.com

The judges said: “In a package that was beautifully written, shot and edited, Pannell put a face to the war on drugs by focusing on Buena Ventura - one of the most violent cities in South America. This piece - which the judges found 'compelling' – served as a reminder that the war against cocaine still hasn’t ended and may be impossible to win.

"Ian Pannell’s enterprising, fresh, courageous and daring reporting exemplifies the work and legacy of David Bloom and what this award is all about.”

The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting.

Ian Pannell (@BBCipannell) has been with BBC News for more than 20 years and is one of its most experienced international correspondents. This is the sixth David Bloom award for BBC News.

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