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Lara Logan has returned to "60 Minutes," according to an Associated Press report which confirmed that she was back at the news mag but did not clarify how long she had been back.
Quick refresher: Logan was put on a leave-of-absence after her October 2013 report on a contractor who said he had returned to the U.S. Embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, after it had come under attack. Initially an embarrassment to the Obama administration -- which claimed to have no knowledge of the genesis or immediate aftermath of the attack which lead to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens -- "60 Minutes" later had to retract the report when it determined that the source, one Dylan Davies, had made the whole story up. An apology followed.
"60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon will get the Overseas Press Club's President's Award on Thursday night. That's one of the highest distinctions in journalism -- bestowed on those who have changed the course of journalism, as if changing the course of a river. (Last year's recipient was Tom Brokaw; Walter Cronkite was also one.)
The OPC typically celebrates the accomplishments of reporters...Read more »
If you missed last night's "60 Minutes," you missed Bob Simon's excellent piece on Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian TV star who is described as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," in large measure because Stewart inspired Youssef's style and TV show, which is a massive hit there.
Naturally, another observation did not go unsaid in the piece - what Youssef does is life-threatening. This is no mere entertainment, but a sharp stick poked at the authorities who tolerate much less on any given day. As a show of support and solidarity, Stewart appeared on Youssef's show over the summer while he was filming "Rosewater" based on the memoir of Maziar Behari, the Canadian Iranian journalist and human rights activist who was imprisoned in Iran.
Stewart appeared on last night's "60 Minutes Overtime" to offer a further assessment of Youssef....Well worth watching:
Bill Whitaker, a veteran CBS News reporter, has been named a "60 Minutes" correspondent, becoming only the second African-American correspondent in the show's history, after Ed Bradley, who died in 2006.
In a statement, Jeff Fager, "60" executive producer and chairman of CBS News said, "Bill Whitaker is one of the great veterans of CBS News. He has had a distinguished career covering just about every kind of story all over the world. Bill is a natural fit at '60 Minutes' and it’s exciting that he has agreed to join us.”
A Philadelphia native, Whitaker joined CBS in 1984, later reporting from Atlanta, and then in the network's Tokyo bureau where he covered the uprising at Tiananmen Square. He was later lead reporter on George Bush's 2000 campaign, and Mitt Romney's 2008 run. Based in Los Angeles since 1992, he has also been a frequent contributor to "Sunday Morning."
Bradley, another Philadelphia native, and a 26-year veteran of "60," was among television news' respected and honored correspondents over his long run at CBS.
(By the way, this question may come up so just to answer: Byron Pitts, who has appeared on "60" numerous times, was not officially a "correspondent" for the show, but a contributor - the difference is considerable. There have been many "contributors" to "60" over the years, but very very few "60 Minutes" correspondents.)