One day after a journalist was killed and another injured, Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall was injured Monday while reporting outside of Kyiv, Ukraine. Early details about his injuries and how they happened were scarce, but on the air Monday, Fox News’ John Roberts said Hall was hospitalized.
In a message to staff, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott gave an update on Hall, saying, “We have a minimal level of details right now.” She added, “The safety of our entire team of journalists in Ukraine and the surrounding regions is our top priority and of the utmost importance. This is a stark reminder for all journalists who are putting their lives on the line every day to deliver the news from the war zone.”
Scott then said, “Please keep Ben and his family in your prayers,”
The British-born Hall is a veteran war correspondent and has filed stories in the past for organizations such as The New York Times, the Sunday Times and the BBC. He joined Fox News in 2015 and is the network’s State Department correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has been reporting from Ukraine since Feb. 26.
In a statement, Shaun Tandon — president of the State Department Correspondents’ Association — said, “We are horrified to learn that our fellow correspondent Benjamin Hall was injured as he covered the Ukraine war. We know Ben for his warmth, good humor and utmost professionalism. We wish Ben a quick recovery and call for utmost efforts to protect journalists who are providing an invaluable service through their coverage in Ukraine.”
On Sunday, American filmmaker, journalist and documentarian Brent Renaud was shot by Russian forces and killed while working just outside of Kyiv. Renaud was working for Time Studios on a project focused on the global refugee crisis. His reporting partner, American journalist Juan Arredondo, also was shot, but Arredondo survived.
Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton has an excellent piece: “Celebrating the life and work of Brent Renaud, the filmmaker and Nieman Fellow killed in Ukraine.”
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