UPDATED, 12:02 PM PT: The Fox News journalist who was injured in Ukraine on Monday was correspondent Benjamin Hall.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, in a memo to employees, said that “we have a minimal level of detail right now,” but that Hall was hospitalized.
“Our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation quickly unfolds,” she said.
Fox News anchor John Roberts read the memo on America Reports.
“This is a stark reminder for all journalists who putting their lives on the line every day to deliver the news from the war zone. We will update everyone as we know more. Please keep Ben and his family in your prayers,” Scott wrote.
Hall joined the network in 2015 and is based in Washington, D.C., serving as State Department correspondent. He also has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and has anchored primetime specials from Lviv since the start of the invasion.
He previously was a foreign correspondent based in London. Before joining Fox News, he was a war correspondent in the Middle East and Africa, and is the author of Inside ISIS, The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army. He is a citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom.
“In a war zone, it can happen in a flash. One second you are standing on an empty street and the next second chaos is erupting around you,” Roberts said on air. He said that they do not know the extent of his injuries yet.
Hall arrived in Ukraine on Feb. 26, and described the scene of people fleeing to escape the country amid the Russian invasion. “For mile after mile the 20-30 miles these cars were log jammed. No movement at all as people desperately fled to get to the border,” Hall said in one of his reports.
On Sunday, filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed and another journalist Juan Arrendondo, was injured. Ukrainian authorities said that they were traveling across a checkpoint in Irpin when Russian forces opened fire at the car. On Monday, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, issued a statement extending his condolences to Renaud’s family. “May Brent’s life and sacrifice inspire the world to stand in fight for the forces of light against the forces of darkness,” he wrote.
The Committee to Protect Journalists had already raised alarm over Russian harassment and attacks on journalists covering the war in Ukraine. On Saturday, Russian forces opened fire on a vehicle marked with a “press” sticker in which reporter Viktoria Roshchina, who works for independent Ukrainian television channel Hromadske, was riding, she told CPJ. They were not injured, but Russian troops took a laptop and camera. There also have been reports of Russian soldiers detaining journalists and asking them to collaborate to broadcast Russian propaganda, CPJ said.
CNN also reported on Hall’s injuries. Anderson Cooper, from Lviv, said that “we have seen increasing attacks on journalists and intensifying attacks on everybody. Specifically in Kiev, the noose tightening around that city and the intensity of the shelling also increasing.”
Other journalists also extended their concerns and wishes for Hall’s recovery, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that “our thoughts, the president’s thoughts, the administration’s thoughts are with him and his family and all of you at Fox News as well.’
Scott’s memo is below:
Trey Yingst, who also has been reporting from Ukraine, posted a note on Twitter.
Thinking about you. A great journalist, father and friend. pic.twitter.com/NnANlYYkIR
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) March 14, 2022
PREVIOUSLY: A Fox News journalist was injured while reporting on the war in Ukraine, anchor John Roberts told viewers Monday.
The journalist was not immediately identified, but Roberts said the journalist had been “newsgathering outside of Kyiv.”
“Very few details but teams on the ground are working as hard as they can to try gather more information,’ Roberts said.
Roberts said, “A reminder that this is in a war zone, that information changes very quickly, and we are working as hard as possible to get the best information that we possibly can, and to get all of the details on what has happened. The safety of our Fox team is of the utmost importance and our highest priority.”
On Sunday, filmmaker Brent Renaud was killed and another journalist Juan Arrendondo, was injured. Ukrainian authorities said that they were traveling across a checkpoint in Irpin when Russian forces opened fire at the car.
A Fox News spokesperson did not have any additional details.
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