Lara Logan, Attacked CBS Correspondent, Receives Call From Obama

By Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
February 16, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Lara Logan, CBS chief foreign affairs correspondent, arrives at the 33rd annual American Women in Radio and Television's Gracie Allen Awards at the Marriott Marquis on May 28, 2008 in New York City. (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
Lara Logan, CBS chief foreign affairs correspondent, arrives at the 33rd annual American Women in Radio and Television's Gracie Allen Awards at the Marriott Marquis on May 28, 2008 in New York City. (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama talked to CBS chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan over the phone on Wednesday, a White House official confirmed with CNN.

The official, who asked to stay unidentified, gave no details of the phone call, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emphasized on Wednesday that “violence against journalists was unacceptable, and that the perpetrators of violence needed to be held accountable. And that remains our position.”

Logan, who was covering the protests in Egypt, suffered a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” by a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, according to CBS News.

Logan was hospitalized back in the United States and returned home on Tuesday at 5 p.m., according to the New York Post.

Despite the brutality of the assault, her friends told celebrity gossip site TMZ.com that the 39-year-old senior correspondent is back in her Washington, D.C.-area home with her husband and two children, and is “unbelievably strong.”

The South Africa-born journalist, who has reported from war zones for the last 18 years, became a correspondent for 60 Minutes and later CBS’s chief foreign correspondent in 2006.

Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu