Fox News journalist back on air after almost dying in Ukraine: 'I've got one leg, I've got no feet, I see through one eye'

A split-screen screenshot from Fox and Friends on January 26, 2023 showing Benjamin Hall being interviewed and footage of him being rehabilitated on a walking track.
Benjamin Hall was interviewed on "Fox and Friends" on January 26, 2023.Fox News/Internet TV Archive
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  • Fox News' Benjamin Hall returned to the airwaves after surviving a devastating attack in Ukraine.

  • Hall lost an eye and a leg in a missile strike that killed two of his colleagues.

  • He described his narrow escape and his determination to get home and get back to work.

A Fox News reporter who was severely injured in Ukraine last year returned for his first live broadcast on Thursday, describing how he survived a missile strike that killed two of his colleagues.

Benjamin Hall's team was reporting for Fox News near Horenka, on the outskirts of Kyiv Oblast, on March 14, 2022, when their vehicle was hit by a missile.

While Hall survived, 24-year-old Ukrainian fixer Oleksandra "Sasha" Kuvshynova and Irish photographer Pierre Zakrzewski were killed.

Speaking to "Fox and Friends," British-born Hall described his narrow escape from the devastating strike, his determination to get home, and the mental strength he needed during his recovery.

"You ask me how I'm doing — I've got one leg, I've got no feet, I see through one eye, I've got one workable hand, I was burnt all over," he said. "And I feel stronger and more confident than I ever have."

An Insider investigation published last year probed the circumstances of the assignment and profiled the young Kuvshynova.

The Washington Post also published an investigation into Zakrzewski's death, describing his wife's search for answers.

Fox News' Oleksandra Kuvshynova, Pierre Zakrzewski, and Trey Yingst working in Ukraine.
Fox News' Oleksandra Kuvshynova (second right), Pierre Zakrzewski (far left), and Trey Yingst working in Ukraine.Fox News

Hall has now written a book about the experience and his recovery, due to be published by HarperCollins in March.

Reading an excerpt, he described how through the shock of the blast, he heard his daughter's voice — "as real as anything I've ever known" — telling him to get out of the car.

He said he knew even then he would fight to get home, saying: "I will crawl if I have to."

Hall has been a State Department correspondent for Fox News since 2015, and has extensive experience reporting from conflict zones.

Asked what his message is to viewers, he said: "When you go through something like I've gone through, the highs, the lows, you have to have a target. You have to get something to fight for."

For him, he said, the target was getting back and his work as a journalist.

In 2022, Ukraine had the highest number of journalist deaths in the world, with 15 reporters and media workers becoming victims of the conflict, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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