Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski became the latest American journalist to be killed in Ukraine in a Monday attack, the network announced Tuesday.
The longtime journalist was killed outside of Kyiv when his vehicle was struck by incoming fire. Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, a consultant for Fox News during the Russian invasion, was also killed.
Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall was injured in the attack.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski,” said Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott in a statement.
“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,” she said. “His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched. Based in London, Pierre had been working in Ukraine since February.”
Zakrzewski had been given an “Unsung Hero” award at Fox News’ annual employee ceremony, the Spotlight Awards, for his role getting Afghan freelancers and their families out of the country during and after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal last year.
I don’t know what to say. Pierre was as good as they come. Selfless. Brave. Passionate. I’m so sorry this happened to you. pic.twitter.com/IvxlPWGDAl
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) March 15, 2022
“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,” Scott said in her statement.
“He was profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet. He was wildly popular – everyone in the media industry who has covered a foreign story knew and respected Pierre.”
Announcing Zakrzewksi’s death, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer said he was “an absolute legend at this network.”
#BREAKING: Fox News announces cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was killed yesterday in the attack that left Benjamin Hall injured.@BillHemmer called him "an absolute legend" who "cover[ed] wars in Iraq & Afghanistan & Syria" and "his loss is devastating." pic.twitter.com/4YYrZcQD0l
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 15, 2022
“He has been with us for years, covering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria,” Hemmer noted.
Zakrzewski’s death came just days after U.S. journalist and filmmaker Brent Renaud was shot and killed outside of Kyiv, as well.
“A talented and brave journalist, Brent lost his life while documenting human tragedy, devastation and suffering of the millions of Ukrainians,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a letter to Renaud’s family.
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Brent Renaud who lost his life while documenting the ruthlessness & evil inflicted upon 🇺🇦 people by Russia. May Brent’s life & sacrifice inspire the world to stand up in fight for the forces of light against forces of darkness. pic.twitter.com/bvQjM470OU
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 14, 2022
“With all his courage and determination, he traveled to the most dangerous war zones to film the unprecedented ruthlessness and evil, also inflicted upon our nation by the aggressor state,” Zelenskyy noted in the letter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Zakrzewksi’s family.