Lara Logan is a journalist and war correspondent.

Besides being one of the greatest journalists around, what makes Lara even more special is that, like me, she is South African and unlike Elon Musk, unafraid to say so.

A real journalist

Her CV is impressive, from CBS to 60 Minutes to FOX; and her decades of war reporting, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya have been brilliant and brutal.

For example, Lara was attacked by a mob, beaten and gang-raped while covering the 2011 revolution in Egypt, yet she continues to stand strong and do great journalism in spite of the obvious dangers.

Lara in Baghdad, circa 2006.

Breaking news

She was one of the first journalists to report on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans, including ambassador J Christopher Stevens, were killed. Her reporting helped bring attention to the attack and its aftermath.

She was one of the few journalists granted access to Gaza during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war, and her reporting was eye-opening.

Lara covered the 2015 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed.

She was also one of the most visible journalists covering the 2016 US presidential election. Her reporting was fair and she was not afraid to challenge both sides.

Conversation

Talking points

  • Missing being in South Africa
  • Trump understanding the working class
  • The essence of journalism
  • Navigating the fog of war
  • Fake news, narratives and facts
  • Being gang-raped and the will to survive
  • The dangers of the post-Covid world

Journalism is the first rough draft of history.

Philip Graham

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