The David Kaplan Award 2010

In this series of three reports from Afghanistan by NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his long-time cameraman Bedun Edwards, the toll of war is poignantly illustrated through the eyes of one soldier, Sgt. Louis Loftus, 22, from Akron, Ohio, who spoke with unusual candor about the trauma of battle. The riveting footage of the ferocious surprise attack by the Taliban against the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division coupled with the post-gunfight interview and homecoming of Sgt. Loftus demonstrate Engel’s unique ability to capture the moment and to bring the audience to the battlefield, even if it means putting his own life in danger.