Lara Logan
Birth Date:
Durban, South Africa
Birth Place:
March 29, 1971
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Lara Logan is a South African television and radio journalist, and war correspondent. She has been the chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News since 2006, and is a correspondent for CBS's “60 Minutes.” Having been in the world of journalism since 1988, the former swimsuit model has amasses various awards and nominations for her work. Logan won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for “CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer” in 2007 and for Outstanding Interview for “60 Minutes” in 2011. She also received  American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, the Association of International Broadcasters Best International News Story Award in 2007, the Radio & Television Association David Bloom Award in 2008, the Murrow Award for “Marines on Patrol in Afghanistan” in 2010, and the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award and the Daniel Pearl Award all in 2011.

Currently, Logan resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband Joseph Burkett, two children (Joseph Washington and Lola) and Burkett's daughter from a previous marriage. She was previously married to pro basketball player Jason Siemon (from 1998-2008).

Durban Native

Childhood and Family:

Lara Logan was born on March 29, 1971, in Durban, South Africa. She attended high school at Durban Girls' College in Durban, and received a degree in Commerce from the University of Natal in Durban in 1992. She also got a diploma in French language, culture and history at the Université de l'Alliance Française in Paris.

In 1998, Lara married Jason Siemon, a professional basketball player in the United Kingdom, but they later divorced in 2008. She married her second husband Joseph Burkett IV in 2008. They met in Afghanistan years before. Burkett is a U.S. government defense contractor from Texas.

Lara gave birth to her first child, son Joseph Washington Burkett, on December 29, 2008. Her second child, daughter,  Lola Anne Burkett, was born on March 4, 2010. She also has a step daughter from Burkett's previous marriage.        

Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent


While attending college, Lara Logan worked as a swimsuit model. Her journalism career began in 1988 when she became a reporter for the Sunday Tribune in Durban. She stayed there until 1989, and then worked for Durban's Daily News from 1990 to 1992. After completing her studies, Logan joined Reuters Television in Africa as their senior producer, and after four years, she began working as a freelance journalist for ITN and Fox/SKY, CBS News, ABC News (in London), NBC and the European Broadcast Union. Besides, she reported for various incidents for CNN such as the Kosovo war, the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania, and the conflict in Northern Ireland.

In 2000, Logan was recruited by GMTV Breakfast Television (in UK) as a correspondent. In addition, she became a freelance correspondent for CBS News Radio. After the 11 September attacks. She flew to Afghanistan and interviewed General Babajan, the American-British-backed Northern Alliance commander, at the Bagram Air Base for GMTV.

Logan's career took flight when she was offered as a full-fledged correspondent position by CBS News in 2002. For the next four years, Logan reported mainly from the battlefield, including war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of her reports were for “60 Minutes” (1968) and “60 Minutes” (1999). In February 2006, Logan was promoted to become CBS News' Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent.

Logan has also been a regular contributor to the “CBS Evening News,” “The Early Show” and “Face The Nation.”


Daniel Pearl: 2011
John F. Hogan Distinguished Service: 2011
John Aubuchon Press Freedom: 2011
News & Documentary Emmy: Emmy, Outstanding Interview, “60 Minutes,” 2011
Murrow: “Marines on Patrol in Afghanistan,” 2010
Radio & Television Association David Bloom: 2008
News & Documentary Emmy: Emmy, Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, “CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer,” 2007
Association of International Broadcasters: Best International News Story Award, 2007
 American Women in Radio and Television: Gracie Award, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 Show Less
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