Lara Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting from war zones has earned her a prominent spot among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Named a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent in May 2012, the 2016-17 season will be her 12th contributing to the newsmagazine.
Logan was named CBS News chief foreign correspondent in February 2006 and chief foreign affairs correspondent in 2008, all while contributing to 60 Minutes beginning in 2005. Recent reports for 60 Minutes include a story on little-known victims of the Holocaust of WWII and another that reported on the similarities between ISIS genocide tactics and those of Hitler’s Final Solution. She obtained a rare interview with Jack Ma, founder of the giant Chinese Internet company Alibaba, a report from the front lines of the Ebola crisis in Liberia and the inspiring story of severely wounded veterans climbing the some of world’s tallest peaks.
In February 2011, Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob in Tahrir Square while reporting a story for 60 Minutes on the Egyptian Revolution. She broke her silence about the incident on 60 Minutes to draw attention to the plight of women, particularly female journalists covering war zones. Logan’s September 2010 60 Minutes report “A Relentless Enemy” from the battlefield in Afghanistan earned her electronic journalism’s highest award, a duPont -Columbia University Silver Baton. Another from that war zone, a two-segment series for the CBS Evening News about U.S. Marines on patrol, won an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Logan’s reports were an integral part of CBS News’ coverage of the war in Iraq, where she lived for almost five years. She was the only journalist from an American network in Baghdad when the U.S. military invaded the city, reporting live from Firdos Square as the statue of Saddam fell. Logan broke the story of the abuse of special needs Iraqi orphans on the CBS Evening News in June 2007, a report that made headlines around the world. Also that year, she reported from Pakistan on the death of Benazir Bhutto and its aftermath.
Logan’s reporting from the frontlines of Afghanistan and with the Green Berets searching for al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden appeared on 60 Minutes II and on the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS News Radio, for which she served as a general assignment reporter. While reporting a 60 Minutes II story about the war near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2005, the military vehicle Logan was riding in hit a double-tank mine. The explosion seriously wounded two soldiers; she escaped with minor injuries.
She got her start in broadcast journalism in Africa as a senior producer for Reuters Television (1992-96). Logan began her career as a general news reporter for the Daily News (1990-92) and the Sunday Tribune (1988-89), both located in Durban, South Africa.
Logan was born in Durban and was graduated from the city’s University of Natal in 1992 with a degree in commerce. She also holds a diploma in French language, culture and history from the Universite de L’Alliance Francaise in Paris. In addition to French, Logan speaks Afrikaans and basic Portuguese.