Lara Logan Back on Air at CBS

Sunday, 15 Jun 2014 09:15 PM

By Greg Richter

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Lara Logan, suspended by CBS News for airing a false Benghazi story on "60 Minutes" in October, was back on the air Sunday, providing background on the conflict in Iraq.

Logan returned to work on June 5, after a seven-month suspension, but with "60 Minutes" on a summer schedule of airing mostly repeats and updates of previously aired stories, it was unclear when she would  appear onscreen again.

"Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer gave Logan that opportunity on Sunday morning, when he had her in studio to provide background on the crisis in Iraq.

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"Perhaps nobody at CBS News has spent more time in Iraq over the years since the first Gulf War than CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, who joins us now this morning," Schieffer said in his introduction.

Even with Schieffer's praise, Logan appeared subdued, barely managing a smile. She became more animated as she began describing the backdrop to the takeover of multiple cities in Syria and Iraq by a group now calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Logan did not appear in the opening lineup on Sunday's "60 Minutes," though other contributors without stories on Sunday's episode did.

Logan had a storied career as a reporter who went into war zones where many feared to tread. But she also gained a reputation for taking unnecessary chances.

She suffered a brutal sexual assault by a group of men in Egypt while covering the Arabic Spring uprising there.

Logan was placed on indefinite leave of absence after she on Oct. 27 aired an interview with Dylan Davies, a private contractor providing security at the Benghazi diplomatic compound. Davies claimed to have been on scene as the attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2012.

Davies' story turned out to have different from the account he had given his employer, Blue Mountain, and the FBI and U.S. State Department.

Also, Logan had not disclosed that Davies had written a book about his experiences for Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CBS.

Logan apologized on air, but she and a producer were immediately placed on leave.

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