‘Heartbroken’ Fox News colleagues share memories and pay tribute to cameraman killed in Ukraine

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Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski has died in Ukraine after the vehicle he was traveling in was struck by incoming fire outside of Kyiv.

Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott issued a statement on his death noting, “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 noted the extensive career that Zakrzewski had covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria using his talents as a photographer, engineer, editor and producer. He was renowned for his commitment and professionalism and was credited as an “Unsung Hero” for his efforts to get “Afghan freelance associates and their families” out of Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal.

Shortly after the news broke, tributes to his life and legacy began flowing.

Scott noted one in her statement from Jay Wallace, President and Executive Editor of Fox News Media, who said, “Pierre was a constant in all of our international coverage. I, like countless others, always felt an extra sense of reassurance when arriving on the scene and seeing him with camera in hand. The legacy of his positive spirit, boundless energy and eye for the story will carry on.”

John Roberts who reported on the incident when details were just coming in noted Zakrzewski to be “an absolute treasure” with “prayers to Pierre’s wife and family.”

Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin noted Zakrzewski’s character and talent when remembering her friend.

Martha MacCallum joined her Fox colleagues in recounting the honor of working with Zakrzewski and of his courage to go to “the dangerous places.”

Others from the network shared their heartfelt messages and their continued concern for Benjamin Hall, who was with Zakrzewski when they were tragically shot, and for those who are still in danger.

The outpouring further extended outside of the Fox family as media figures from across the industry shared their respect for the dedicated professional.

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Additionally, members of Congress took time to highlight the contribution given by American civilians who sacrificed their lives “documenting and opening the world’s eyes to the horrors of war.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and family,” Scott added, “please keep them in your prayers. And please continue to pray for Benjamin Hall, who remains hospitalized in Ukraine.”

“Today is a heartbreaking day for FOX News Media and for all journalists risking their lives to deliver the news,” Scott included before ending, “With heartfelt sympathy, Suzanne.”

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