Fox News Journalist Killed Amid War in Ukraine: ‘He Was Profoundly Committed To Telling The Story’
By Movieguide® Staff
Fox News cameraman and war correspondent photographer Pierre Zakrzewski died after his vehicle was hit by incoming fire in Horenka, Ukraine, on March 14.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed the news, noting that fellow Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall was injured in the attack and remained hospitalized.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news this morning regarding our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski,” Scott announced.
“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,” she added. “His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched. 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,” Scott continued. “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.”
Scott called on Fox News media staff to pray for Zakrzewski’s family and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
“We extend our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and family,” Scott wrote to Fox News Media staff. “Please keep them all in your prayers. And please continue to pray for Benjamin Hall.”
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
Movieguide® previously reported on how the Ukrainian church has banded together to stand their ground in their home country:
While many will suffer should Russia continue its invasion, Christians in Ukraine are prepared to stand for their faith and in opposition to Communism, as many Christians have in the past.
Vasyl Ostryi, a pastor at Irpin’ Bible Church and professor of youth ministry at Kyiv Theological Seminary, said that he and his family are choosing to remain in Ukraine despite the war.
“In recent days, the events from the book of Esther have become real to us in Ukraine. It’s as if the decree is signed, and Haman has the license to destroy an entire nation. The gallows are ready. Ukraine is simply waiting,” Ostryi wrote in a recent article published by The Gospel Coalition.
“In recent weeks, nearly all the missionaries have been told to leave Ukraine,” he added.
But Ostryi, his wife, and their six children plan to stay in Ukraine to serve their local church body.
When similar events happened in 2014, Ostryi notes that the church led relief efforts.
“We have decided to stay, both as a family and as a church. When this is over, the citizens of Kyiv will remember how Christians have responded in their time of need,” he wrote. “And while the church may not fight like the nation, we still believe we have a role to play in this struggle,” he continued. “We will shelter the weak, serve the suffering, and mend the broken. And as we do, we offer the unshakable hope of Christ and his gospel. While we may feel helpless in the face of such a crisis, we can pray like Esther. Ukraine is not God’s covenant people, but like Israel, our hope is that the Lord will remove the danger as he did for his ancient people. And as we stay, we pray the church in Ukraine will faithfully trust the Lord and serve our neighbors.”
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