Lara Logan, who took a leave of absence from CBS News starting in late November after presenting a flawed “60 Minutes” report about a 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, has rejoined the CBS Corp. unit, a CBS News spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The spokeswoman, Sonya McNair, did not offer other details, such as when the veteran TV journalist rejoined the network or what assignments she might be pursuing.
Logan’s ersatz suspension came as a result of a CBS News internal review of a Oct. 27 segment broadcast on “60 Minutes,” which the network subsequently found to be lacking in efforts to substantiate the assertions of a key source, security officer Dylan Davies.
The review of the troubled segment by CBS News executive director of standards and practices Al Ortiz found the reporting “deficient in several respects,” including producers’ inability to check thoroughly the account of Davies, the main source of the segment who used the pseudonym Morgan Jones. The review also said “60 Minutes” should have disclosed the fact that Jones’ account had originally appeared in a book published recently by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, also a unit of CBS Corp.
CBS also found that Logan had pushed the boundaries of CBS News standards in a speech made a month before the Benghazi segment aired suggesting actions the U.S. should take in response to the attack on the compound. “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,” Ortiz said in the review.
Logan is best known for her work as a foreign correspondent, filing many reports from dangerous areas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Before formally joining CBS News in 2002 as a “60 Minutes II” correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain’s ITV, and as a freelance correspondent for CBS News Radio, a role that included occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News.
Max McClellan, the producer of the flawed segment who was suspended along with Logan, is also expected to return to work.