Lara, 39, is brave, beautiful, a stellar journalist AND a wonderful person, who was beaten and sexually attacked for doing her dangerous job on Feb. 11.
It happened in Cairo, in Tahrir Square — the center of the Egyptian protests, on the day former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.
Blonde, determined Lara Logan was separated from her camera crew and security team, in a mob of 200 people and was surrounded, beaten, and viciously sexually assaulted by a group of men in the square.
Thankfully a group of women and soldiers came to her aid and she was whisked out of the country to an American hospital, where she has been recovering. She is expected to be released from the hospital today.
Let me tell you that Lara is not only incredibly courageous going into dangerous situations in unstable parts of the world, in order to bring you news — she is also a wonderful human being, and a mom of a two-year-old daughter.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Lara several years ago for a 60 Minutes profile she did on me. She was warm, down-to-earth, easy to talk to and determined to get her facts and the story right.
I loved meeting her and spending time with her. She was a good sport — we took a gym class and huffed and puffed together.
She was completely committed to her goal of being a foreign correspondent. Lara was willing to do — what so many people won’t — travel to the ends of the earth to get the story.
From time to time I’d hear from her, mostly when she was trying to help someone like a colleague whose child needed a bone marrow donor.
I was really happy to hear when she married and had a baby.
But now, I just pray that she will recover mentally and physically from this terrifying assault, and will be able to move on and enjoy her professional life again and her home life with her beloved family.
Lara — you’re an incredible role model for all women and journalists — our thoughts at HollywoodLife.com are with you.