CNN and Fox News put aside their journalistic differences earlier this year, when two of the latter network’s reporters were shot and killed while covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Clarissa Ward, chief international correspondent for CNN, has been on the ground in Ukraine since the war began and, according to the Wall Street Journal, jumped into action to help her Fox News counterpart Trey Yingst when cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and fixer Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova were killed.
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The Journal reported that Yingst and Ward worked together, making phone calls to Ukrainian government authorities from a hotel room in Kyiv, hoping to piece together information on the whereabouts of Kuvshynova and Zakrzewski.
News of the partnership between Ward and Yingst comes one day after a funeral for Zakrzweski at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Dublin, Fox News reported. More than 100 of the cameraman’s colleagues and loved ones around the world shared messages in an online condolence book.
In a statement earlier this month, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said Zakrzewski’s talents as a journalist “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.”
When it was first discovered he had been shot, Yingst and Ward reportedly began calling local morgues and hospitals in Ukraine, hoping to determine the conditions of the Fox News staffers. The two war correspondents also offered information about the missing journalists to the Ukrainian military and government leaders.
Security personnel for Sky News and NBC News also offered to help Fox News.
Zakrzewski was with on-air reporter Benjamin Hall when Zakrzewski was killed. Hall was seriously injured during the attack, sustaining severe leg injuries due to shrapnel. He has been airlifted back to the U.S. and is currently at a military hospital in Texas, where he has undergone several surgeries.
Scott described the Brooke Army Medical Center as “a premier military medical facility” and said Hall “is receiving excellent care while he continues to recover from his serious injuries after multiple surgeries.”
In a time when Americans are so divided — often as a result of media bias — it is encouraging to see high-level journalists from two competing networks work together.
Please continue to pray for Hall’s recovery and for the loved ones of the five journalists who have lost their lives while reporting on the situation in Ukraine.
The other reporters’ names are: Brent Renaud, Juan Arredondo, and Evgeny Sakun.
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