Former CBS News and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan has joined Sinclair Broadcasting and will serve as a “special correspondent” for a 90 day assignment focusing on the U.S-Mexican border, the company revealed in a press release Tuesday.
“Lara is a resilient force who represents the best of our industry, and we are beyond thrilled to have her join our award-winning news team,” Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s senior vice president of News said in the release.
“Her commitment to serious, impactful journalism and her ability to effectively report on some of the most consequential stories in the world makes her a welcomed addition to Sinclair. We know that our viewers will value the nuance and integrity she brings to her job.”
“This is an opportunity to understand first-hand what’s really happening along the border,” Logan added in the same release. “As everyone knows, it’s a story of great consequence that touches all of us, and I take my responsibilities as a journalist very seriously, as always.”
Logan’s 16-years at CBS was mostly marked by honors including multiple Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards as well as an Overseas Press Club Award, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Before officially leaving the network however Logan suffered a significant career embarrassment after a 2013 report from Benghazi for “60 Minutes” had to be retracted.
The piece, which resulted in both an apology and leave of absence for Logan, was based on an account of security officer Dylan Davies who falsely claimed to have witnessed the terrorist attack on a U.S. compound that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on Sept. 11, 2012.
“As Executive Producer, I am responsible for what gets on the air,” then executive producer Jeff Fager said in a memo at the time, HuffPost reported. “I pride myself in catching almost everything, but this deception got through and it shouldn’t have.”
In recent months, Logan has emerged as a ferocious critic of the liberal media. During a February appearance with Sean Hannity, Logan attacked multiple reporters by name including Politico’s Michael Calderone, Vanity Fair’s Joe Hagan and CNN’s Brian Stelter — who Hannity referred to as “Humpty Dumpty.”
“They don’t get to write my story anymore,” Logan said. “They don’t get to speak for me.”
Both Calderone and Hagan extensively covered Logan’s Benghazi flub.