Fox News videographer killed in Ukraine after vehicle impact
NEW YORK — A Fox News video reporter was killed in Ukraine when the vehicle he was traveling in outside Kyiv with another reporter came under fire, the network said Tuesday.
The slain videographer, Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, had covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for Fox, the network said in a memo to staff.
“His passion and talent as a reporter was unmatched,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in the memo.
Journalist Benjamin Hall has been hospitalized since Monday, when their vehicle was hit in Horenka, the outlet said.
Zakrzewski, who was based in London, was the second journalist killed in Ukraine in two days. Brent Renaud, documentary filmmaker and fellow veteran of war zone coverage, died Sunday after Russian the forces opened fire on his vehicle.
Scott said of Zakrzewski: “His talents were vast and there wasn’t a role he didn’t play helping out in the field – from photographer to engineer to editor and the producer – and he did it under immense pressure with enormous skill.”
Zakrzewski played a key role last year in getting Fox independents and their families out of Afghanistan after the U.S. pullout, Scott said. He received an “unsung hero” award at an annual employee event.
He had been working in Ukraine since last month.
“Today is a heartbreaking day for Fox News Media and for all journalists who risk their lives to get the word out,” Scott said.
On Tuesday in Washington, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova thanked the journalists who are on the ground in Ukraine.
“Risking their lives to tell the world the truth” is something Ukraine and the world desperately need, she told the National Press Club.