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American Journalist Killed in Ukraine

Renaud and his brother had won multiple awards for their documentaries and reporting of conflicts around the world

According to two Ukrainian officials, American journalist Brent Renaud was fatally shot while reporting outside Kyiv on Sunday.

Multiple Facebook posts shared the news from Andriy Nebitov, the capital region’s police chief, who said that Renaud was “shot dead” in Irpin, an area just outside the capital of Kyiv. Nebitov shared Renaud’s press badge and passport photos. 

Renaud was carrying a New York Times press badge. However, the New York Times issued a statement on Twitter saying that although Renaud had worked with the Times in previous years, he was “not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine.”

Time magazine’s CEO Edward Felsenthal said Sunday that Renaud was working on a Time Studios project focused on the global refugee crisis.

“Our hearts are with all of Brent’s loved ones. It is essential that journalists are able to safely cover this ongoing invasion and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” Felsenthal said.

According to their website, Renaud, 50, worked with his brother, Craig Renaud, on award-winning video journalism and documentary filmmaking projects for HBO, Vice and other major international news organizations.

The brothers won a Peabody award for a Vice News documentary about a school in Chicago, two Overseas Press Club awards, and two DuPont-Columbia University awards.

The Renaud brothers have filmed and reported in conflict zones and dangerous spots worldwide. According to their website, they have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a devastating earthquake in Haiti, political upheaval in Egypt, and the wars in Africa and the Middle East.

Another journalist, Juan Arredondo, was with Renaud in Irpin when the two came under fire after passing a military checkpoint, according to a video interview while being treated in a Kyiv hospital.

The deputy managing editor at the New York Times, Cliff Levy, said on Twitter that “brave journalists like Brent take tremendous risks to bear witness and to tell the world about the devastation and suffering caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

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