Fox News videographer killed in Ukraine after vehicle impact
A Fox News video reporter was killed in Ukraine when the vehicle he was traveling in outside kyiv with another reporter was hit by incoming fire, the channel said on Tuesday.
Murdered videographer Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, had covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for Fox, according to a memo sent to network employees.
“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, a documentary filmmaker and fellow veteran of warzone coverage, died on Sunday after Russian 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.”
Last year, Zakrzewski played a key role in getting Fox freelancers and their families out of Afghanistan after the US pullout, Scott said. He received the “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 risking 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.