Lara Logan survived a brutal attack while reporting in Egypt.
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Some may say the chaotic streets of Cairo were no place for a female reporter. That's an insult for an accomplished journalist like Logan, who has spent much of her career reporting from war zones, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has an RTDNA/Edward R. Murrow Award for her accomplishments.
Of course that means little to the frenzied mob who saw Logan and separated her from her crew and security detail on the day she was assaulted. While her attack appears to be among the worst, she joins a long list of journalists who suffered injury while trying to cover the crisis.
Logan's attack will raise questions about the dangers of gathering news -- whether it's in the middle of a protest, a war zone or a local hostage situation. The question is whether it's ever too dangerous to chase a story.
CBS and NBC must have struggled with that question because both networks sent their highest-profile anchors, Katie Couric and Brian Williams, to Egypt briefly only to get them out of the country to safety. Plopping down network news stars in the middle of big events often raises questions about the cost and the spectacle when the networks have reporters in the trenches who've been on the story from the beginning.
One of those reporters is Lara Logan, who had been detained earlier this month by Egyptian police. Clearly, she knew the perils she faced. Her courage in reporting this story, digging for information when the cameras weren't rolling, and putting her life on the line are qualities that any journalist should admire.
But do you think some situations are too risky for a journalist to cover?