Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was injured in Ukraine while reporting outside Kiev on Monday and was hospitalized, the network said.
Fox News executives said they had little information about the nature of the journalist’s injuries. Mr. Hall, 39, is a longtime war correspondent covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries. He joined Fox News in 2015 and became a State Department correspondent for the network last year.
“We have minimal details right now, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation will get out quickly,” Suzanne Scott, chief executive of Fox News Media, wrote in a memo. Employees
“The safety of our entire team of journalists in Ukraine and the surrounding regions is our highest priority and of paramount importance. This is a strong reminder to all journalists who are putting their lives on the line every day to deliver news from the battlefield.”
On Sunday, American filmmaker and journalist Brent Reynolds, 50, was shot dead while reporting in the suburbs of Kiev. The suburbs were targeted by Russian forces with heavy shelling.
President Biden’s press secretary, Jane Sackie, acknowledged that Mr. Hall’s injuries during a White House press briefing on Monday. “Our thoughts, the thoughts of the President, the thoughts of our administration are with him, his family and all of you in Fox News,” Ms. Saki told Fox correspondent Jackie Heinrich.
The State Department also issued a statement to the Correspondents’ Association stating that its members were “terrified” to learn about Mr. Hall injuries. “We wish Ben a speedy recovery and urge him to do his utmost to protect the journalists who provide invaluable service through his coverage in Ukraine,” wrote the group’s president, Shaun Tanden, a spokesman for the agency France-Presse’s State Department.
Mr. Hall, who is a dual citizen of Britain and the United States, lived in London before moving to Washington last year. His war report includes being embedded with troops throughout Africa and the Middle East. He is also the author of a history of Islamic State, “Inside ISIS: The Cruel Rise of the Terrorist Army.”
Fox News has five correspondents covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine, including Mr. Hall. The network released its first on-air report that one of its correspondents was injured. Anchor John Roberts said: “This is news we hate to share with you, but it obviously happens in the middle of a conflict sometimes.”