A Fox News digicam operator and an area producer who had been masking the conflict in Ukraine have died after the automobile through which they had been touring was struck by incoming fireplace, the community introduced Tuesday.
Camera operator Pierre Zakrzewski’s demise was introduced in a memo to workers by Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott that was shared with BuzzFeed News. Scott mentioned Zakrzewski, 55, died after coming below fireplace in Horenka, a village northwest of Kyiv, on Monday.
Scott later confirmed that Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova was additionally killed in the identical incident. The 24-year-old had been working for Fox as a producer, aiding the community’s crew.
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was additionally injured within the assault and has been hospitalized in Ukraine.
“Pierre Zakrzewski was an absolute legend at this network and his loss is devastating,” anchor Bill Hemmer instructed Fox News viewers on Tuesday morning.
London-based Zakrzewski, who was Irish, had been in Ukraine since February, having beforehand coated a number of wars for Fox, together with the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. In December, Fox News awarded him an “Unsung Hero” award to acknowledge his work.
“[Zakrzewski’s] 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 wrote in her memo. “He was profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism, and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet.”
Kuvshynova, the producer, had been working with Fox for weeks in her dwelling nation. In a later memo to workers, Scott mentioned the community had held off asserting her demise out of respect for her household.
“Several of our correspondents and producers spent long days with her reporting the news and got to know her personally, describing her as hard-working, funny, kind, and brave,” Scott wrote.