A Fox Information digicam operator and an area producer who have been overlaying the battle in Ukraine have died after the car by which they have been touring was struck by incoming hearth, the community introduced Tuesday.
Digicam operator Pierre Zakrzewski’s loss of life was introduced in a memo to workers by Fox Information Media CEO Suzanne Scott that was shared with BuzzFeed Information. Scott stated Zakrzewski, 55, died after coming underneath hearth 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, helping the community’s crew.
Fox Information correspondent Benjamin Corridor was additionally injured within the assault and has been hospitalized in Ukraine.
“Pierre Zakrzewski was an absolute legend at this community and his loss is devastating,” anchor Invoice Hemmer advised Fox Information 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 Information awarded him an “Unsung Hero” award to acknowledge his work.
“[Zakrzewski’s] abilities have been huge and there wasn’t a task that he did not soar in to assist with within the discipline — from photographer to engineer to editor to producer — and he did all of it underneath immense stress with great ability,” Scott wrote in her memo. “He was profoundly dedicated to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism, and work ethic have been famend amongst journalists at each media outlet.”
Kuvshynova, the producer, had been working with Fox for weeks in her residence nation. In a later memo to workers, Scott stated the community had held off saying her loss of life out of respect for her household.
“A number of of our correspondents and producers spent lengthy days together with her reporting the information and received to know her personally, describing her as hard-working, humorous, sort, and courageous,” Scott wrote.