American filmmaker and journalist was killed in Ukraine on Sunday (13/03) while reporting from a suburb of Kyiv. 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, subjected to intense Russian shelling. Ukrainian officials said another journalist was wounded as well.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said in a statement that Renaud “paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty and ruthlessness of the aggressor.” The film-maker had contributed to the NYT in previous years, most recently in 2015. Early reports that he was working for the NYT in Ukraine circulated: he was found with an NYT press badge issued for an assignment years ago.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud’s death,” said Danielle Rhoades Ha, an NYT spokeswoman. “Brent was a talented filmmaker.” Renaud often worked with his brother, Craig, and won a Peabody award for a Vice News documentary about a school in Chicago. The two have worked on film and television projects from conflict zones and hot spots all over the world.
Over the past decade, the brothers have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, cartel violence in Mexico and youth refugees in Central America, according to their website.
♦ Time magazine 14/03/ 22 Tribute to Brent Renaud
♦ Filmmaker magazine 13/03/22 Shooting under fire