CBS News says correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in a U.S. hospital from a sexual attack and beating while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo last Friday. At least 140 correspondents have been injured or killed in the events in Egypt.
The day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Friday February 11, 2011, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was separated from her crew. Logan was surrounded and suffered a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” before being rescued by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She returned to her hotel and was flown back to the United States the following morning. She is currently recovering in a hospital.
Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team, including security, were surrounded by” a dangerous element” during the celebration. A mob of more than 200 people were involved in the chaos.
Lara Logan, 39, is a South African television and radio journalist and war correspondent. She is currently the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News, 60 Minutes correspondent, filing reports for the CBS Evening News and the CBS Radio Network.
Not the first time she’s seen danger …
While in Afghanistan in November 2001, Logan, then working as a correspondent for the British morning program, GMTV, infiltrated the American- and British-backed Northern Alliance fighting against the Taliban. Then she interviewed the Northern Alliance’s commander, General Babajan, at the Bagram Air Base. In October 2001, when the attacks against the Taliban by American forces began, General Babajan was controlling approximately 2000 forces at Bagram Airbase. The base is run by an Army Division headed by a two-star general. Thus the base exists to serve an Army Mission. A large part of the base, however, is “owned” by the Air Force (455th Air Expeditionary Wing).
Logan next spent much of the next four years reporting from the field, including battlefields, in Afghanistan, traveling often as an embedded journalist with the American Armed Forces.
Logan was promoted to the position of the Chief Foreign Correspondent for CBS News in February 2006.
In late January 2007, Logan filed a report about fighting along Haifa Street in Baghdad. When CBS News refused to run the report on the nightly news because the footage was “a bit strong” (although the network did run the report on their internet site), Logan tried to win public support to reverse this decision. Logan said, “I would be very grateful if any of you have a chance to watch this story and pass the link on to as many people you know as possible.
In 2008, Logan was involved in a controversy when she became pregnant by the the father of a married federal contractor. Each were in the middle of a divorce with their spouses.