Veteran Fox News cameraman and Ukrainian reporter killed while reporting

Zakrzewski’s death was announced Tuesday by Fox News Media managing director Suzanne Scott, who said he was killed when a vehicle he was traveling in with correspondent Benjamin Hall came under fire.

The death of Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova was announced by Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior. Gerashchenko, who blamed artillery shelling by Russian forces, said Kuvshynova died in the same incident as Zakrzewski.

Hall, who was also injured, remains hospitalized in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Scott remembered Zakrzewski as a journalist “deeply committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were recognized among reporters across all media outlets.”

“He was hugely popular – everyone in the media industry who covered a foreign story knew and respected Pierre,” Scott said.

Scott described Zakrzewski’s talents as vast and said “there wasn’t a role he hadn’t jumped into to help out in the field – from photographer to engineer to editor and the producer. She said he “did it all under immense pressure with great skill.”

Zakrzewski was a veteran war photojournalist who had “covered nearly every international story for Fox News, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria,” Scott said. He had been reporting from Ukraine since February.

Tributes immediately poured in from Zakrzewski’s colleagues at Fox News.

Anchor Bill Hemmer, who broke the tragic news on the network’s airwaves, described Zakrzewski as “an absolute legend” on the network.

Presenter John Roberts said he had worked with Zakrzewski “many times around the world” and described him as “an absolute treasure”.

Foreign correspondent Trey Yingst, who also reports from Ukraine, wrote on Twitter: “I don’t know what to say. Pierre was as good as he could be. Selfless. Courageous. Passionate. I’m so sorry this bothered you come. “

Zakrzewski’s counterparts on other networks also remembered him.

Clarissa Ward, CNN’s chief international correspondent, said she had “the great privilege” of having worked with Zakrzewski and “the even greater privilege of calling him a friend.”

“Amazing spirit and immense talent and one of the kindest and kindest colleagues on the road,” Ward wrote on Twitter. “Absolutely heartbreaking.”

Fox News had just recognized Zakrzewski in December as one of the “unsung heroes.” He was described at the time as a reporter who “risked his life in war zones to get the Fox News story.”
News of Zakrzewski’s death comes days after Brent Renaud, an award-winning American journalist, was killed in the Ukrainian town of Irpin.

Andriy Nebitov, the Kyiv region’s police chief, said Russian forces shot Renaud, adding that “the occupiers are cynically killing even international media journalists, who tried to tell the truth about the atrocities committed. by the Russian army in Ukraine”.

Another journalist, Juan Arredondo, was also injured in Ukraine on Sunday.

Press freedom groups have denounced the violence journalists face when covering the war. The Committee to Protect Journalists, after Renaud’s death, called on Russian forces to “immediately cease all violence against journalists and other civilians”.