60 MINUTES correspondent Lara Logan spoke before a packed audience on Sept. 26 at Har Sinai Temple in Pennington. Logan was interviewed by Janice Selinger, former executive director of NJN Public Television.
An accomplished foreign correspondent, Logan has covered a wide range of topics from the Ebola crisis to stories on mountain gorillas, Holocaust victims, and ISIS genocide tactics. She won a National News and Documentary Emmy for her reporting from Mosul, Iraq.
During her talk at Har Sinai Temple, Logan gave a candid account of her career, from her early life in South Africa during apartheid to becoming an award-winning journalist. She said she is driven by her deep interest in people and attributes much of her success to her natural ability to connect with others.
She candidly described what happened when she was beaten and sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011, and why it is important for her to continue to share that very personal and difficult time in her life. Logan noted that she continues to take assignments that place her in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, but she added that it’s sometimes difficult now to cover stories in perilous settings in the way she might like because, she said, “No one wants to be the person who got Lara Logan killed.”
Logan was honest about trying to balance being a wife and mother of three with the often treacherous life of a foreign correspondent. She said that you can have it all, but you can’t have it all at the same time.