Fox News cameraman and Ukrainian journalist killed in attack that wounded correspondent

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Fox News cameraman and Ukrainian journalist killed in attack that wounded correspondent

A Fox News cameraman was killed Monday in the same attack that left the network’s correspondent Benjamin Hall injured as they reported near Ukraine‘s capital Kyiv, the network said on Tuesday. Fox News said in a statement that cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was killed when the vehicle that both he and Hall were riding in “was struck by incoming fire.”

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Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs, said Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshinova was also killed in the attack. Gerashenko said Kuvshinova and Zakrzewski were killed by “artillery fire from Russian-fascist forces.”

“Horrible news to report,” Fox News anchor John Roberts said in a tweet, adding, “I worked with Pierre many times around the world. He was an absolute treasure. Sending our most heartfelt prayers to Pierre’s wife and family.”

Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said that Zakrzewski, who was based in London, had “covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure with us,” adding that “his passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched.”

“He was profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet,” Scott said.

“Pierre Zakrzewski was an absolute legend at this network and his loss is devastating,” Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer said on the air Tuesday. He quoted Fox president Jay Wallace as saying that other staff “always felt an extra sense of reassurance when they arrived on the scene, and they saw that Pierre was there.”

“He was a professional, he was a journalist, and he was a friend,” said Hemmer. “We here at the Fox News Channel want to offer our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife, Michelle, and his entire family. Pierre Zakrzewski was only 55 years old, and we miss him already.”

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This image released by Fox News Channel shows cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski while on assignment with colleagues, Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan and Jerusalem-based senior producer Yonat Friling, background right, in Kyiv. 

Pierre Zakrzewski / AP


Just last year, the network honored Zakrzewski with a Fox News Media Spotlight Award, which are meant to recognize “extraordinary employees who go above and beyond, inside and outside the workplace.”   

Fox’s statement offered no update on the condition of Hall, their correspondent wounded in the same attack, but he remained hospitalized on Tuesday. 

Gulnoza Said, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, said in a statement that she was “deeply saddened” by reports of Zakrzewski and Kuvshinova’s deaths. 

“Reporting on this war is a vital public service, and it has already claimed the lives of at least two other journalists in just a few weeks,” she said. “Ukrainian and Russian authorities must do their utmost to ensure safety of all journalists, and to thoroughly investigate attacks on the press.”

On Monday, the network confirmed that Hall “was injured while newsgathering outside of Kyiv in Ukraine.”

Scott said in a Monday memo to employees that the network had a “minimal level of details right now, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation quickly unfolds.” 

News of the attack on the Fox crew came just a day after another American journalist, Brent Renaud, was shot and killed in Ukraine. The head of Kyiv’s regional police force said Renaud was killed and another journalist was wounded by Russian forces in the town of Irpin, outside the capital of Kyiv, as they were traveling to film refugees.  


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State Department Correspondents’ Association President Shaun Tandon said he was “horrified” by the news of Hall’s injury. 

“We know Ben for his warmth, good humor and utmost professionalism,” Tandon said in a statement. “We wish Ben a quick recovery and call for utmost efforts to protect journalists who are providing an invaluable service through their coverage in Ukraine.”

Hall recently made headlines for rebuking Greg Gutfield, co-host of the Fox News political talk show “The Five,” after he said on-air that the reporting from Ukraine “is a lot like other stories that we’ve gone through in the digital age in which an image is taken and then played over and over and over again to create some kind of emotional response out of you, because that makes a profit for news companies.” 

“This is not the media trying to drum up some emotional response,” Hall said. “This is absolutely what’s happening.” 

“It is an absolute catastrophe,” he added. “And the people caught in the middle are the ones who are really suffering.” 

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