Tributes Pour in for Fox News Cameraman Killed While Covering Russia Invasion in Ukraine
Several have paid tribute to Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski after the network announced he was killed outside Kyiv in Ukraine.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott sent a note to colleagues announcing the news.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski. Pierre was killed in Horenka, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine. Pierre was with Benjamin Hall yesterday newsgathering when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire,” Scott said.
According to Scott, “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.”
Scott called Zakrzewski’s passion and talent as a journalist “unmatched,” adding, “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 among journalists at every media outlet.”
She extended condolences to his wife Michelle and family. Concluding her message, Scott said, “Today is a heartbreaking day for FOX News Media and for all journalists risking their lives to deliver the news. I leave you with pictures of Pierre in the field doing what he loved.”
Tragic. RIP, Mr. Zakrzewski. Internal memo from @FoxNews Media CEO Suzanne Scott: pic.twitter.com/3vC3H4sViE
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) March 15, 2022
Additionally, the network’s Bill Hemmer announced the news on air.
#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
Several took to Twitter to pay tribute to Zakrzewski.
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
We are heartbroken at the loss of our beloved Pierre Zakrzewski. Had the honor to work with him many times in the comfort of London over the years. But his courage & outstanding journalism in the dangerous places is his true legacy. That and his great smile. RIP Pierre. pic.twitter.com/813QFmA5E8
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) March 15, 2022
Such Sad news #FoxNews photographer Pierre Zakrzewski has died outside of #Kyiv #Ukraine
Pierre was with Benjamin Hall who remains in hospital
These are brave journalists who risk their lives to tell the truth on the ground in dangerous situations
— Susan Li (@SusanLiTV) March 15, 2022
We are heartbroken.
Fox war zone photographer Pierre Zakrzewski has died in Ukraine. He was with Benjamin Hall when their vehicle was struck by incoming fire. Please pray for his family.
Pierre seen just behind Benji here. He will be so incredibly missed. pic.twitter.com/DgYfwfDzsx
— Lauren Blanchard (@LaurenBlanch12) March 15, 2022
Horrible news to report: Fox cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was killed in the same attack that wounded correspondent Benjamin Hall. I worked with Pierre many times around the world. He was an absolute treasure. Sending our most heartfelt prayers to Pierre's wife and family.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) March 15, 2022
Such a fine man. Such a good friend. Such a fantastic war photographer and so much more. RIP Pierre Zakrzewski. pic.twitter.com/Q6KJKCuayI
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) March 15, 2022
Everyone in the industry knew of, admired and adored Fox News war zone photographer Pierre Zakrzewski. May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family. https://t.co/6OvL2BXzlb
— Bryan Llenas (@BryanLlenas) March 15, 2022
Sickened by the news about my colleague Pierre Zakrzewski who was killed in Ukraine. Pierre was a very experienced war journalist & one of the best cameraman I’ve worked with. A true photojournalist and wonderful guy who loved what he did. My thoughts are with his family. RIP pic.twitter.com/4nQ5il5fC8
— Marta Dhanis (@MartaDhanis) March 15, 2022
By all accounts, Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was brave, skilled, & an all-around king — and that stache is one of legends. He was killed showing the world the truth about Putin’s brutal & unjust invasion of Ukraine. My prayers are with his friends, family, & colleagues. pic.twitter.com/1bWtnXuXnB
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 15, 2022
Fox News photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski “covered nearly every internal story…from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria…His talents were vast and there wasn't a role that he didn't jump in to help with.” My heart is with his family and all who loved him 💔 https://t.co/3CbgSg3RBU
— Poppy Harlow (@PoppyHarlowCNN) March 15, 2022
The news of his death comes just days after award-winning American journalist Brent Renaud was killed in Ukraine. Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was also hospitalized after being injured while reporting in Ukraine.
“We have a minimal level of details right now, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation quickly unfolds,” Scott said in a memo.
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