Name: Lara Logan
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Occupation: Journalist for CBS News and has recently been promoted to the position of Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent.
Background: While attending school in Durban, South Africa, Logan began working for the Sunday Tribuine and later with other similar Durban publications. After several years of this work she became a freelance journalists and found work with ABC, FOX News, NBC and other such companies. In 2001 she traveled to Afghanistan and interviewed the commander of the Northern Alliance, General Babajan. After her success with this project she was given many other assignments and spend the next several years in war zones and began to work steadily for CBS News.
Why Logan is a MAPS hero: Logan is another example of a journalist who takes her profession to the next level. Logan does more than just fulfill her assignments. She really becomes involved in her news reports and takes a serious interest in the topic that she is researching. When the report that she filed about fighting in Haifa Street in Bagdad was refused to be aired due to “strong footage,” Logan didn’t just back down. She knew that the footage she had captured was something people needed to see, and that the world needed to understand the realitiy of the situation in the middle east, not just the watered down version. She went on to then used portions of the footage in a 60 Minutes report on life in Bagdad under the surge. Logan’s name is most recognized, however, in association with the riots in Egypt. While her and her crew were reporting on the protest pertaining to President Mubarak’s resignation, her and her crew were arrested rather violently because the government did not want film coverage of the events. Logan’s driver was beaten and taken away at gunpoint and her and the rest of her crew were arrested and interrogated by the Egyptian military. After that event, which might have been enough to send other reporters back home, Logan continued her work. However, while filming the celebrations after Mubarak announced his official resignation, Logan was abused and sexually assaulted by men in the crowd. In the massive crowd she had been separated from her crew and found herself in the midst of a number of men who began to strip her clothes off and punch and slap her. She was also beaten with poles as men chanted “Israeli” and “Jew” because they thought she was a spy. A group of women and soldier finally saved her from this assault and took her to a hotel for medical care. She was flown out of Egypt the next day and spend the five following days in the hospital.
But Logan is not giving up. Despite this somewhat traumatic event, Logan has already stated that she has every intention of returning to the Middle East to continue her work. If anything, this experienced has opened her eyes to the fact that many women faced this kind of treatment on an everyday basis in countries like Egypt, at an alarmingly high rate. Logan is sure to continue her work, and continue to inform the public about situations like these. Her courage and dedication to reporting on difficult, dangerous yet important global issues inspires us.