Fox News Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski Killed in Ukraine

The seasoned photographer also covered Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria during his time with Fox

Fox News cameraman and photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski was killed in Ukraine on Monday while covering the conflict. Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott announced the news to employees on Tuesday. He was 55.

Zakrzewski was reporting outside Kyiv, in Horenka, with correspondent Benjamin Hall when their vehicle came under fire. Hall was injured and remains hospitalized. Oleksandra Kuvshynova, a Ukrainian journalist, was also killed in the attack, according to CNN.

Zakrzewski was a respected and seasoned war photojournalist, Fox New’s CEO Suzanne Scott wrote 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. His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched,” Scott said. “Based in London, Pierre had been working in Ukraine since February. 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. He was wildly popular—everyone in the media industry who has covered a foreign story knew and respected Pierre.”

He also played a major role last year in helping Fox’s Afghan freelancers and their families get out of the country after the U.S. withdrawal, added Scott. For this he won an “Unsung Hero” at last December’s employee awards ceremony.

“This is how I want to remember Pierre Zakrzewski,” said Los Angeles Times photojournalist Marcus Yam, sharing a photo of him with The Hollywood Reporter. “Big smiles. Fantastic human being. Kind, generous & radiates an upbeat can-do energy. From Kabul to Kyiv, he never stopped wanting to help.”

Zakrzewski is the second journalist to be killed in Ukraine this week. Documentary filmmaker Bren Renaud was killed in a suburb outside Kyiv. He had been working on a project for Time Studios.

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