100 World Class South Africans: Lara Logan

2013-06-28 12:00

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Fearless on the frontline

Durban-born and raised, Lara Logan has been a reporter for more than 20 years, starting in local newspapers before freelancing for international news agencies.

Since 2006, Logan has been chief foreign affairs correspondent for US network CBS, and for the planet’s best-known investigative TV show, 60 Minutes.

As one of a handful of women journalists working in conflict zones, she has reported live from Kosovo and Northern Ireland, from Baghdad as Saddam Hussein fell, from Afghanistan’s battle zone and with the Green Berets searching for Osama bin Laden.

Logan has won – among countless awards – an Emmy and Best International News Story Award.

In 2011, during the Egyptian Revolution, she was beaten, stripped and sexually assaulted by a large mob of men on Tahrir Square, Cairo. A few local women saved her.

Her decision to speak out (most female reporters keep quiet about such abuse) highlighted the issue of gender-based violence in Egypt – and, by extension, around the world.

It has not stopped her, either – she recently reported on Al-Qaeda from Iraq.

She told Esquire that her father taught her to not take the easy road: ‘If I was going to be a lawyer, he’d say, “Lawyers get told what to do by judges. Be a judge.”’

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