The Oracle: Lara Logan shares stories ‘From Apartheid to Afghanistan’

April 4th, 2012

The Oracle
April 4, 2012
By Jimmy Geurts


ORACLE PHOTO/JASMINE ABNEYCBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan has been on the ground of Afghanistan, Egypt and South Africa to cover stories, and on Tuesday night, she took to the stage of the Marshall Student Center Ballroom to share her experiences.

Logan spoke to an estimated crowd of 340 as part of the University Lecture Series (ULS) in a lecture titled “From Apartheid to Afghanistan: Reporting from the Front Lines.”

Before she took to the stage, a highlight reel played interviews she’d done for “60 Minutes” and other news shows. Logan said two moments stuck out — one with FBI agent Ali Soufan about ground zero and one with singer Michael Bublé in San Jose, because they were filmed back-to-back.

“It had about 13 hours of interviews over two days with a gazillion al-Qaida and Arabic names thrown in there, and lots of nuance and it was very, very intense,” she said. “So when I jumped on the plane and rushed down to see a Michael Bublé concert in San Jose, it was sort of surreal. I remember when Michael walked up to me and said … ‘I hope you’re going to do a good interview.’ I said, ‘Listen, the last person I interviewed was a FBI agent and I made that f—– cry.’”

Whether she finds herself following a celebrity such as Bublé or a serious news story such as the Afghanistan war, Logan said what draws people to her is her willingness to be present at the scene.

“One of the things I think people are really interested in about my work is about what it’s like to be there — what it’s like to be on the ground,” she said.


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