April 4, 2012
By Jimmy Geurts
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.