Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall who survived an attack in Ukraine tells his story in a book
Fox News journalist Benjamin Hall, who had covered the war in Ukraine and had been severely wounded on March 14, 2022 near Kyiv, wrote a book about his story. He lost one leg and the foot on his other leg, he lost the use of one of his hands, and shrapnel cost him one of his eyes.
He spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his new memoir, "Saved," which recounts the attack and the dramatic efforts of his colleagues to get him out of Ukraine and to the US for treatment.
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We remind that on March 14, 2022, a Fox News reporter crew that worked in Ukraine came under Russian missile fire in Kyiv oblast. Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed by the shelling, and Benjamin Hall was severely wounded.
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According to the journalist, he spend the past year recovering in an American military hospital.
"I spent the last year recovering. ... I’ve had to get another physical and see a doctor every single day, and what I’ve been looking forward to doing is working again, talking again, talking to people, not just about what happened but about the future. We’re almost one year in and I feel like I’ve come a long way, I feel like I healed up well. Mentally, I’m strong," Hall said.
He noted that he wanted to go back to journalism: "When I was writing the book and looking ahead to the future, I wanted to be open to a whole lot of ideas, and there are lots of things I want to do that aren’t connected to journalism. ... But I do want to get back to journalism. And in the last few months, I know that more than ever."
Hall says he just needs to figure out exactly what to do and how much of it he can do.
"I want to tell the stories of some of these people [who helped me] as well. And I think that I can take the journalism that I was doing before and bring in some of the experiences I now have, and tell the stories of the people who have gone through difficult situations. ... To be honest, I just want to do everything. ... You know, I’ve been recovering for a year. I want to do as much as I can. Like I have come out of this with a real love of life. There’s so much good out there. I’m not scarred by the evil and the horror that happened to me. I’m actually inspired by the goodness I saw and I want to go and experience that and share that as much as I can. So I’ve been inspired to get back to work for a long time. I just have got to figure out exactly how I do it and how much of it I can do," the journalist said.
Benjamin Hall also said that he thinks back to Pierre Zakrzewski every day.
"I think back to that moment, every day, I think back to lying on the ground, I think back to sitting next to Pierre [in the car before the attack]. I try as hard as I can to remember what it felt like, and in a strange way it gives me strength. One way I realized that if you can get through that you can get through absolutely anything. In another sense I realized that I had to remember that point forever. Because if you don’t make the best of everything, then Pierre’s life is going to waste as well. ... It’s made me a stronger person, it’s made someone who realizes what good can be done and needs to be done," he said.
Fox News will also air a documentary based on Hall’s memoir called "Sacrifice and Survival: A Story From the Front Line". The doc will include video footage shot by Zakrzewski in the minutes leading up to the attack.
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