Who was Brent Renaud, journalist shot dead in Ukraine?
- Brent Renaud was a renowned video journalist, hailing from New York City, the US
- He and his brother Craig Renaud covered several wars and conflicts, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya
- Renaud won the Peabody Award and was nominated for several Emmys alongside Craig
Brent Renaud, an award-winning American video journalist and a documentary filmmaker, has been shot dead in Ukraine by Russian forces on Sunday, the New York Times said. The 50-year-old was killed in Irpin, a suburb of Kyiv, by Russian forces, Kyiv's police chief Andriy Nebytov confirmed. Renaud was hit in the neck and died on the spot. He was filming refugees fleeing Kyiv due to the war.
When Renaud breathed his last, another American journalist, Juan Arredondo, was injured in the shooting and is being treated at a hospital in Kyiv.
Former NYT, Times journalist
“The occupants … kill even journalists of the international media who try to show the truth about the inaction of Russian troops in Ukraine,” Kyiv Chief of Police Andrey Nebitov wrote on Facebook.
“Of course, the profession of a journalist is a risk, but US citizen Brent Renaud paid his life for trying to highlight the aggressor’s ingenuity, cruelty and ruthlessness," Nebitov added.
Cliff Levy, deputy managing editor of the New York Times, for which Renaud had worked previously, said the newspaper was "deeply saddened" by his death. However, Levy confirmed that he was not on assignment for the New York Times in Ukraine, although he had previously worked for it.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud's death. Brent was a talented photographer and film-maker who had contributed to the New York Times over the years," the newspaper issued a statement.
Renaud had also contributed to the Times in 2015, but in Ukraine, he was not on assignment for the Times.
The American journalist, who had also reported for NBC, Vice News and HBO, was shot when he tried to approach a Russian checkpoint just after a bridge in Irpin. The driver turned around but the firing continued, he said.
Renaud had worked alongside his brother Craig Renaud, but it is not confirmed whether they were both in Ukraine.
The brothers have worked in several war and conflict zones over the years, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya.
In 2004 they were embedded with the US Army in Iraq and were filming when a rocket attack struck an American military base in Baghdad, killing four soldiers and severely wounding two others.
2014-2015, the sibling duo filmed the migration of 68,000 people from South American nations to the United States.
They have won several top awards for their work, including a Peabody for a series they made for VICE News on a Chicago school for disruptive students.
The pair have also been nominated for several Emmys. According to their website, they like and work in New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas.