CBS Reporter Lara Logan Vows to Return to Work
by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:15AM
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is reportedly telling friends she will not let the brutal beating and sexual assault she suffered in Egypt keep her from working.
Sources told TMZ that Logan, who is recovering at her Washington, D.C., home with her husband and two children, has vowed to return to work within weeks. One friend said, "She is going to be OK," and another noted that Logan has an "incredibly tough constitution."
The South African native is a seasoned foreign correspondent who has traveled to war-torn countries across the globe for 20 years.
Esquire landed an interview with Logan just last week, on her way back to Cairo after being kicked out of the country the week before. "This is the Tiananmen Square of the cyber age," she told the magazine about the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. "There's no question."
The article's writer Foster Kamer incredulously asked Logan if CBS was "insured for this sh*t" and if she was crazy to go back to the thick of the protests. "You know," Logan answered, smiling, "I don't worry about things like that."
Logan's fellow reporters all sent messages of support after CBS released its official statement about her Feb. 11 attack.
"Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan," Anderson Cooper wrote on Twitter. "She is in all of our thoughts and prayers." Cooper himself was attacked by a mob while in Egypt.
What happened to Logan has sent shockwaves through American news organizations, with three different senior management sources telling PopEater's Rob Shuter that several networks are debating removing female journalists from Egypt altogether until safety can be guaranteed.
"It's terrifying what happened to Lara, and we would be irresponsible to not have internal conversations about if young female reporters should ever be put in such dangerous situations," a concerned CBS executive told Shuter. "However, the last thing we want to do is blame the victim for being a female."
"There can be no doubt with two out of the three network news broadcasts being anchored by women [Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric] that women have proved they are as good, if not better, reporters than men," a top CBS source said. "However, the simple fact exists that in certain environments, being a woman is more dangerous, and one such place is the Middle East."
But is it fair to exclude excellent reporters from covering important stories based on gender? A friend of Logan's told Shuter, "No way. What happened to her is terrible, but the last thing she would want is handing over dangerous stories to just the boys. After all, Anderson Cooper got attacked. What news organizations should be doing is everything they can to protect all their employees regardless of gender."