Fox News Correspondent Benjamin Hall Recovering After Losing Limbs In Attack In Ukraine
After an attack that left a cameraman and Ukrainian fixer dead, Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall has said that he is “pretty damn lucky” to survive the ordeal and revealed that he has “lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other.”
On March 14, Hall’s vehicle was shot at in an attack by Russian soldiers while he and his crew were traveling through Ukraine. Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, and local journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova, 24, who was working as a “fixer,” or a journalist that assists foreign news teams with creating news reports in their home country, or another country they have expertise in.
Zakrzewksi and Kuvshynova died from their wounds after the attack, and Hall was evacuated from Ukraine and transferred to a hospital in Texas for emergency surgeries. As well as losing his limbs, Hall said in his update that “one eye is no longer working, and my hearing is pretty blown.”
Fox News Corp’s CEO Suzanne Scott remembered the two victims in a letter to staffers last month. She remembered Zakrzewski, who has captured conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as “profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned among journalists at every media outlet.” Hall and Zakrewski were also reportedly great friends who traveled all over the world to shoot stories together.
Scott also took time to remember Kuvshynova and said “Severa correspondents and producers spent long days with her reporting the news and got to know her personally. [They saw] her as hard-working, funny, kind and brave.”
So far Zakrzewksi and Kuvshynova’s deaths are among the five known killings of journalists during the war in Ukraine. The other three confirmed victims are the Ukrainian cameraman Yevehii Sakun, American documentarian Brent Renaud, and Russian journalist Oksana Baulina. There have been more reported deaths than this, but the Committee to Protect Journalists has said they’ve only confirmed these five so far.