2 members of Fox News team in Ukraine killed in attack: NPR

Fox News video reporter Pierre Zakrzewski and freelance journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova died when their vehicle was hit by incoming fire in Ukraine.

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Fox News video reporter Pierre Zakrzewski and freelance journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova died when their vehicle was hit by incoming fire in Ukraine.

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Veteran Fox News video reporter Pierre Zakrzewski and freelance journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed outside Kyiv after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit by fire on Monday, the channel said.

Zakrzewski, who was an Irish citizen, had repeatedly covered conflicts on the ground for Fox News – including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. He was 55 years old.

In a note to the staff, Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, praised what she called Zakrzewski’s unparalleled talent and passion.

“His talents were vast and there wasn’t a role he hadn’t jumped into to help out in the field – from photographer to engineer to editor to producer – and he did it. done under immense pressure with enormous skill,” she said. .

Scott praised him for his behind-the-scenes work helping Fox’s Afghan freelancers get out of Afghanistan safely after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from that country.

In a separate memo to staff, Scott said Kuvshynova, also known as “Sasha,” was a consultant for Fox News in Ukraine. She was 24 years old.

Scott described Kuvshynova as “incredibly talented” and said she helps Fox News teams travel around Kyiv and surrounding areas, gathering information and talking to sources.

“Our team in Ukraine told me that Sasha had a passion for music, the arts and photography and that it was a pleasure to work with her. Several of our correspondents and producers spent long days with her reporting news and got to know her personally, describing her as hardworking, funny, kind and brave,” Scott said.

“Her dream was to connect people around the world and tell their stories and she achieved that through her journalism,” she added.

Scott said the network didn’t break the news sooner out of respect for Kuvshynova’s family.

The Military Reporters & Editors Association said in a statement that it mourned the loss of the couple.

“The world is a lesser place without these champions of truth,” the association said. “We call once again for the protection of journalists in Ukraine so that they can do their important work without fear of violence or intimidation.”

The accompanying Fox News reporter, correspondent Benjamin Hall, remains hospitalized in Ukraine. Hall’s medical condition was not disclosed.

On air, Hall dismissed claims by Fox host Greg Gutfeld that Western media were exaggerating conditions in Ukraine to generate an emotional backlash against the Russian invasion. Hall called it an “absolute disaster”.

On Sunday, an American journalist, documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud, was killed in fighting in Irpin, a suburb of kyiv. Juan Arredondo, a journalist who was with Renaud at the time, was injured in the incident.

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