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Aussie Newsmax reporter hits out after being SNUBBED in Variety article


An Australian reporter has hit out after being snubbed in a Variety article about female journalists covering the conflict in Ukraine on the ground.

Sarah Williamson has been reporting on the war in Ukraine daily since early February for conservative U.S. network Newsmax, but was notably left out of Variety’s piece.

Instead, the publication chose to highlight CNN’s Clarissa Ward, Martha Raddatz of ABC News, the BBC’s Lyse Doucet, Fox News’ Alex Hogan and many others.

Snubbed: Australian reporter Sarah Williamson (pictured) has hit out after being snubbed in a Variety article about female journalists covering the conflict in Ukraine on the ground

Snubbed: Australian reporter Sarah Williamson (pictured) has hit out after being snubbed in a Variety article about female journalists covering the conflict in Ukraine on the ground

Reacting to the snub, Sarah tweeted: ‘I mean… I’ve only been on the ground in Ukraine, travelling the entire country, reporting seven days a week since February 8.’

‘Maybe my invitation for comment got lost in the mail?’ she added, before tagging Variety’s Twitter account.

Newsmax viewers on social media were quick to throw their support behind Sarah, with many tweeting that her omission from the article was unfair. 

‘You forget @SaWilliamson9.’ one fan tweeted at Variety.

‘She has been on the ground in Ukraine since Feb 8th and has been reporting first hand every day! She is a veteran war correspondent who tells it like it is!’

Frustrated: Reacting to the snub, Sarah tweeted, 'I mean… I’ve only been on the ground in Ukraine, travelling the entire country, reporting 7 days a week since the 8th of February. Maybe my invitation for comment got lost in the mail?'

Frustrated: Reacting to the snub, Sarah tweeted, ‘I mean… I’ve only been on the ground in Ukraine, travelling the entire country, reporting 7 days a week since the 8th of February. Maybe my invitation for comment got lost in the mail?’

Another wrote: ‘You’re amazing and brave! Watch you every night on Newsmax! Thanks for your service! God bless and stay safe…more importantly come home safe. Prayers to you and everyone involved in this tragedy.’

Sarah even received support from some of her Newsmax colleagues, with John Huddy tweeting: ‘Sarah is one of the most dogged, intrepid and indefatigable reporters I’ve ever worked with. She has covered every angle of this war, from even before it began. She deserves high praise and credit for her work. Respect.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sarah for comment. 

Dedicated: Sarah Williamson has been reporting on the war in Ukraine daily since early February for conservative US network Newsmax

Dedicated: Sarah Williamson has been reporting on the war in Ukraine daily since early February for conservative US network Newsmax

For the last three months, Sarah has appeared on Newsmax from the Ukraine to provide viewers with all the latest updates on the ground. 

The Melbourne-born journalist has been wowing American viewers since she joined the right-wing populist network last year.

Following a live broadcast from Kyiv, viewers flocked to social media to praise her professionalism.

‘Wow, she needs to be on prime time,’ wrote one, while another commented: ‘Love your reporting, Sarah. Your stunning beauty goes hand in hand with your intellect!’

‘Great job, Sarah, keep it up! And may I say, you look simply amazing,’ wrote a third.

Support: Newsmax viewers on social media were quick to throw their support behind Sarah, with many tweeting that her omission from the article was unfair

Support: Newsmax viewers on social media were quick to throw their support behind Sarah, with many tweeting that her omission from the article was unfair

'She is a veteran war correspondent who tells it like it is!' Fans flooded Twitter with support for Sarah

‘She is a veteran war correspondent who tells it like it is!’ Fans flooded Twitter with support for Sarah

'She deserves high praise': Newsmax reporter John Huddy also vouched for Sarah

‘She deserves high praise’: Newsmax reporter John Huddy also vouched for Sarah

In March, she opened up about the ‘terrible murder’ of documentary filmmaker and ‘brave journalist’ Brent Renaud by Russian forces. 

Renaud died on March 13 after Russian soldiers opened fire on his vehicle in Ukraine, where he was gathering details for a report about refugees.

Williamson explained that the checkpoint in Irpin where Renaud was killed is often used by members of the press and was generally considered to be safe.

‘He was killed in Irpin, where I have been multiple times and the majority of journalists here in Kiev have been going to that evacuation point at the bridge,’ she said. 

Popular: The Melbourne-born journalist has been wowing American viewers since she joined the right-wing populist network last year

Popular: The Melbourne-born journalist has been wowing American viewers since she joined the right-wing populist network last year

‘He was killed whilst at a checkpoint by Russian soldiers who were hiding in the bushes and were attacking cars and civilians who were crossing that bridge.

‘I got this information from a soldier who spoke very, very good English.’

Williamson added that the checkpoint had been considered ‘one of the only safe corridors’ for people to evacuate through prior to the attack.

Renaud was one of the most respected independent producers of his era, said Christof Putzel, a filmmaker and close friend who had received a text from Renaud just three days before his death.

Skilled: 'Wow, she needs to be on prime time,' tweeted one viewer, while another commented: 'Love your reporting, Sarah. Your stunning beauty goes hand in hand with your intellect!'

Skilled: ‘Wow, she needs to be on prime time,’ tweeted one viewer, while another commented: ‘Love your reporting, Sarah. Your stunning beauty goes hand in hand with your intellect!’

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