Significance to the Media Industry:
The most well-known attack Logan faced was in 2011, when she was beaten and sexually assaulted while reporting on the government revolution in Egypt. No one can dismiss her as just a pretty TV news reporter when she shows such determination to get the story.
Logan was the only reporter from a U.S. broadcast network when U.S. forces invaded Baghdad, Iraq, as the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down. On another assignment, she was injured when a military vehicle she was riding in hit a mine near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. That blast seriously wounded two soldiers.
Logan definitely brings back the stories no one else has the ability or desire to get. But along the way, she generates headlines and occasionally personal controversy.
Maybe because Logan is from South Africa, she often speaks out on her personal views regarding the stories she covers. American-born journalists learn early in their career not to do that.
In 2010, Logan said publicly that reporters covering the military shouldn't publish information they overhear as part of general conversation. That had some questioning whether she thought of herself as a journalist or as part of the military. The comments came after another reporter had heard a U.S. General criticize Vice President Biden and reported it, leading President Obama to fire the General as commander in Afghanistan.
Logan has also publicly criticized the Obama administration. She questioned its claims about the status of the war in Afghanistan, the strength of the Taliban and its handling of Al Qaeda and the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including an ambassador.
Logan's reporting on that attack brought her the greatest controversy of her career. She and her producer took a leave of absence from 60 Minutes in late 2013 after CBS News reviewed a story she aired on the newsmagazine and discredited it. It was one of the top media errors of 2013.
Logan issued an on-air apology and correction to her story. It focused on what was supposed to be an eyewitness account of the attack from a Western security contractor, and whether the Obama administration had taken all necessary action to protect the Americans' lives.
But there are questions on whether that contractor was an eyewitness to the attack, because he had told his employer and the FBI that he wasn't there. CBS News said Logan should have investigated the man's claims more thoroughly before putting her story on the air.
Lara Logan's Early Career:
She then became a freelance journalist, covering assignments for several international news organizations, as well as ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC. She became more widely known following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, getting into Afghanistan to report on military action.
Logan joined CBS News in 2002. She was named chief foreign correspondent in 2006 and became a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent in 2012.
Logan is married with two children. She lives in Washington, DC.