Journalists are often put into dangerous situations to get the stories that matter. However, sometimes they become the stories.
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was hospitalized after sustaining an injury in Ukraine Monday, Breitbart reported. He was in Kyiv reporting on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials were the first to report that Hall had sustained “serious injury” though the extent is still unknown. In a memo to employees, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said the network had only “a minimal level of detail right now.”
“Our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation quickly unfolds,” she said. Pierre Zakrzewski, Hall’s Fox News cameraman, was killed during the same incident, according to an announcement from 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,” she said. “His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched.”
“We extend our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife Michelle and family,” Scott told her staff. “Please keep them all in your prayers. And please continue to pray for Benjamin Hall.”
Hall had plenty of well-wishes from Fox News hosts, including Julie Banderas, Bret Bier, and Garrett Tenney. “My heart breaks for [Benjamin Hall], his wife, and their 3 young kids,” Tenney tweeted Monday.
“Praying for him, them, and the rest of our teams in Ukraine,” he wrote. Other journalists have also become victims of the conflict in the short time since it began. Film director Brent Renaud was killed Sunday while covering a story on Ukrainian refugees. His travel partner Juan Arrendondo, an American journalist, was also shot.
Journalists perform the important function of opening the eyes of the world to a given tragedy or conflict. It often takes them to far-flung places to cover issues like Ukrainian refugees, and it sometimes costs them their lives.