Fox News Cameraman Is Killed in Ukraine


A Fox News cameraman was killed on Monday in Ukraine when his vehicle came under fire outside of Kyiv, the network said. The cameraman, Pierre Zakrzewski, was a veteran war reporter who had been reporting in Ukraine since February.

Mr. Zakrzewski, 55, was traveling in the same vehicle as the Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was also injured in the attack, which occurred in the town of Horenka. Mr. Hall remains hospitalized in Ukraine; Fox News has not shared additional details about his condition.

Suzanne Scott, the chief executive of Fox News Media, announced the news about Mr. Zakrzewski in a memo to staff on Tuesday, calling it “a heartbreaking day.”

“Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure with us,” Ms. Scott wrote.

“His talents were vast and there wasn’t a role that he didn’t jump in to help with in the field — from photographer to engineer to editor to producer — and he did it all under immense pressure with tremendous skill. He was profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet.”

Mr. Zakrzewski, who was based in London, also assisted last year in Fox News’s efforts to extract its Afghan staff members from Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

“Pierre was a constant in all of our international coverage,” Jay Wallace, the president of Fox News, wrote in the memo. “I, like countless others, always felt an extra sense of reassurance when arriving on the scene and seeing him with camera in hand. The legacy of his positive spirit, boundless energy and eye for the story will carry on.”

On Sunday, the American filmmaker and journalist Brent Renaud, 50, was shot and killed while reporting in a suburb of Kyiv.

Trey Yingst, another Fox News foreign correspondent who is reporting from Ukraine, posted a photograph on Twitter of himself and Mr. Zakrzewski.

“I don’t know what to say,” Mr. Yingst wrote. “Pierre was as good as they come. Selfless. Brave. Passionate. I’m so sorry this happened to you.”


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