Brent Renaud, an award-winning American filmmaker and journalist, was killed in Ukraine on Sunday while reporting in a suburb of the capital, Kyiv, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.
Mr. Renaud, 50, had worked for a number of American news and media organizations in the past, including HBO, NBC and The New York Times. The Ukrainian authorities said he was killed in Irpin, a suburb that has been the site of intense shelling by Russian forces in recent days, but the details of his death were not immediately clear. Ukrainian officials said another journalist was wounded as well.
At the time of his death Mr. Renaud was on assignment for Time Studios working on a “project focused on the global refugee crisis,” according to a statement from Time executives.
The Military Reporters & Editors Association expresses its profound condolences to the family of Brent Renaud, the journalist and filmmaker who was killed in Ukraine on Sunday.
Renaud was telling the stories of people who have been under relentless attack since Russia launched a full-scale war on Ukraine in late February. He and other journalists allow the entire world to bear witness to the unfolding nightmare inside Ukraine. Journalists who report from combat zones risk their lives to make sure that victims of war are not treated as nameless statics.
We call for the protection of journalists, especially in conflict areas, to do their work without fear of violence or intimidation. This is not the first instance of reporters being fired upon in Ukraine, as a recent video from Sky News has shown.
We honor the memory of Brent Renaud, who represented the best of our profession.