CBS News correspondent Lara Logan has returned to work after taking a leave of absence in November when her 60 Minutes piece on the 2012 Benghazi attack on a U.S. compound was called into question. No details were offered as to when Logan would be returning to 60 Minutes or what projects she would be working on. The producer of the segment, Max McClellan, who took a leave at the same time as Logan, is expected to return to CBS as well.
The segment, which originally aired Oct. 27, 2013, launched an internal review by CBS News Executive Director of Standards and Practices Al Ortiz, who found the report “deficient in several respects,” notably that Logan and McClennan didn’t thoroughly check the account of their key source, security officer Dylan Davies, who appeared under the pseudonym Morgan Jones, and that his account of the attack had first appeared in a book published by an imprint of Simon & Shuster, a unit of the CBS corporation, something Ortiz says should have been disclosed to the viewers. In addition, Logan had spoken out publicly a month before the segment aired suggesting certain actions the U.S. could have taken in response to the attack. Ortiz stated in the review, “From a CBS News standards perspective, there is a conflict in taking a public position on the government’s handling of Benghazi and Al Qaeda, while continuing to report on the story.”
Born in South Africa, Logan joined the CBS News team in 2002 after many years as a successful foreign freelance journalist. In 2006, she was named chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News.