Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

‘His loss is destructive’; Fox News cameraman, local producer killed in Ukraine

Fox News announced on Tuesday morning that longtime cameraman Pierre Zakarzewski had been killed outside Kiev on Monday while covering Russia’s brutal and unprepared war against a sovereign Ukraine. Also killed Ukrainian reporter Oleksandra Kuvshinova (who Was working As a Fox News producer) and Seriously injured Fox State Department correspondent Benjamin Hall.

Matching A memo From Susan Scott, Fox News Media CEO, American Newsroom Co-host Bill Hemer broke the news about Zakrzewski to viewers, saying he was “I’m sharing some very hard news with you now.” As “Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakarzevsky dies in Ukraine” When “We were working with Benjamin Hall when an oncoming fire hit their car outside Kiev.”

Hemer called him “An absolute legend in this network” Who “He has been with us for years to cover the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Syria.” And described his death “Destructive.”

He then read excerpts from the memo, quoting Scott as saying that Zacharyzewski had a reputation. “All sorts of roles in the case – photographer and engineer and editor and producer – and he did it under great pressure and with extraordinary skill.”

For Jay Wallace, president of Fox News, he said in the memo that his fellow journalists “‘Always felt an extra reassurance when they got to the scene,’ and they saw that Pierre was there.”

Before the screen turned black, Hemer concluded:

He was a professional, he was a journalist and he was a friend. We would like to express our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and her entire family here on Fox News Channel. Pierre Zakarzevsky was only 55 years old, and we already miss him.

Faulkner’s focus Host Harris Faulkner began his show with a code to pay tribute to Hemer: “Our prayers with Pierre’s family.”

Hours later, foreign correspondent Alex Hogan wrapped up a story paying emotional tribute to his fallen colleague from the Slovakia and Ukraine borders, saying the death was the source of a “heartbreak” because he and his team saw it as “very heartbreaking”. From the refugees.

“Pierre Jacques was an incredible photojournalist and he was an incredible friend. And he’s been missed and we’re all dealing with that grief and that loss now. And he’s just an incredible person who can’t be replaced.” He said.

He reiterated that “As we hear from many people who are making this difficult journey from war-torn Ukraine, he was an incredible photojournalist who covered those stories and brought them to us.”

Faulkner replied “We’re all in trouble.” And “Mourning[ing] Together “ From the conflicting Ukrainians to the Russians, from standing by Putin to journalists “Play a role in everything he does.”

“Alex Hogan, stay strong, stay safe” Faulkner added.

To view relevant Fox transcripts from March 15, click “Expand”.

Of FNC American Newsroom with Bill Hemer and Dana Perino + Faulkner’s focus
March 15, 2022
10:59 a.m.

Bill Hemmer: Okay, the East Coast time here is about a minute before 11:00 and we’ve got some very hard news to share with you now. Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakarzevsky has died in Ukraine. He was working with our Benjamin Hall when an oncoming fire hit their car outside Kiev. The photo you see here was taken a while ago with Steve Harrigan and others in the capital city. Pierre Zakarzevsky was an absolute legend in this network and his loss was devastating. He was with us covering the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Our CEO, Susan Scott, mentioned a few moments ago that Pierre “jumps[ed] Photographers and engineers and editors and producers – all kinds of roles in the case “to help – and he did it under tremendous pressure and with extraordinary skill.” Fox president Jay Wallace said everyone “always felt an extra reassurance when they arrived at the scene” and saw that Pierre was there. He was a professional, he was a journalist and he was a friend. We would like to express our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and her entire family here on Fox News Channel. Pierre Zakarzevsky was only 55 years old, and we already miss him.

[FADE TO BLACK]

[FOX NEWS ALERT]

Harris: Our prayers with Pierre’s family.

(….)

11:52 am East

Alex Hogan: A lot of heartbreaking things that we see. And, Harris, if I may, we as a Fox team are covering it on the ground and our heartbreak is not only for the people here, but also for our colleagues who we have lost. Pierre Jacques was an incredible photojournalist and he was an incredible friend. And he has been missed and we are all now dealing with that grief and that loss. And he’s just an incredible person that won’t be able to replace. Again, for example, we hear the heartbreaking words from many people who are making this difficult journey from war-torn Ukraine, he was an incredible photojournalist who covered those stories and brought them to us.

Harris Faulkner: Alex, it hurts us all. When those leaders come to a battlefield today from Poland and other countries, what I am now calling and saying at the moment, one of the most dangerous places in hell and the planet is Kiev at the moment, because we are all hitting. . And we all see this. And, you know, our leaders on both sides of the aisle are telling us that there is more we can do. And we mourn together. We mourn for the people of Ukraine. We also mourn the citizens of Russia who are willing to risk their lives to fight against their own president / dictator Putin. They are putting their lives on the line to try to find out the truth. Journalists have a role to play in all this. Alex Hogan, stay strong, stay safe.

Hogan: Thank you, Harris.

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