Award-winning US journalist and filmmaker, 50-year-old Brent Renaud was tragically killed while doing reporting work in Kyiv, Ukraine on Sunday.
According to Andriy Nebytov, Head of Kyiv’s Regional Police Force, Renaud was travelling with another journalist named Juan Arredondo when Russian soldiers opened fire, killing Renaud while wounding the other. From his hospital bed, Arredondo recalled the events of the shooting, in which he detailed that he and Renaud were both shot in a car after they passed a checkpoint while going to film civilians fleeing the fighting.
Renaud was working on a project “focused on the global refugee crisis” with Time Studios when he was killed.
Reports are that news had circulated in Ukraine that Renaud was working for a popular media company, called The Times because he was found with a Times press badge. However, The Times quickly distanced themselves from this claim by releasing a statement to advise that the last assignment Renaud did with them was in 2015.
An advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Anton Gerashchenko expressed that Brent Renaud “paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty, and ruthlessness of the aggressor”.
Brent Renaud had a notable career throughout his years in journalism and filmmaking. He has worked for some of the biggest American news and media organizations, such as HBO, NBC and The New York Times. He was also a 2018 to 2019 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Additionally, he was an awardee of the Peabody award along with his brother Craig Renaud for a Vice News documentary about a school in Chicago. According to the brother’s website, they have also worked together to cover wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, cartel violence in Mexico and youth refugees in Central America.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death,” said Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for The Times. She further added that “Brent was a talented filmmaker.”
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