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Lara Logan 60 Minutes Bio


A photo of CBS News Correspondant Lara Logan

Lara Logan is known for confronting danger in her news reports, but she's also finding danger in her off-camera comments about the U.S. government.

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Current Position:

Lara Logan is a correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes.

Significance to the Media Industry:

Lara Logan has generated renewed interest in foreign news coverage, at a time when many TV networks and newspapers have cut back on international newsgathering because of the cost and danger involved. Logan has put herself in personal danger many times in order to get the story.

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:

Lara Logan worked for two newspapers in her native South Africa, starting in 1988. She made the switch to electronic journalism in 1992 as a producer for Reuters.

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.

Career Highlights:

Lara Logan's vast experience has won her many awards, including an Emmy Award. She has also won Edward R. Murrow Awards and several Gracie Awards, which are presented by American Women in Radio and Television.

Personal Information:

Lara Logan was born on March 29, 1971, in Durban, South Africa. She has a degree in commerce from the University of Natal in South Africa. She has a degree in French language, culture and history from the Universite de L'Alliance Francaise in Paris.

Logan is married with two children. She lives in Washington, DC.

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