Suzanne Malveaux is ready and willing to do whatever she can to help and support her journalistic peer Lara Logan.
The newest anchor of the weekday “CNN Newsroom” tells Zap2it she is “heartbroken” about the attack on CBS reporter and “60 Minutes” correspondent Logan, who was covering the revolution in Egypt last week when she was subjected to what CBS News has termed “a brutal and sustained sexual assault.” Logan has been discharged from a U.S. hospital, and Malveaux is involved in an effort to show concern directly.
“It’s almost unbearable to think of,” Malveaux says. “There’s a group of us who have been e-mailing each other today (Wednesday, Feb. 16) to organize giving her some cards and well-wishes … whatever we can do. It’s a group of women across the board, from the White House and from all the networks, who have reached out to each other to try to figure out a way to let her know that we’re thinking about her and we support her.
“We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve felt that perhaps our safety was at issue,” Malveaux adds. “We believe in what we do as journalists, and we take chances. I feel for her and I feel for her family, and if there’s anything I can do, I would like to.”
Confirming the image that Logan long has had, Malveaux calls her “incredibly brave and incredibly accomplished. We understand that in thinking of ourselves as journalists, we can sometimes be in dangerous situations, and I really am so sorry that happened to her. I want to come up with something, some way, of expressing it that would help her.”
Emmy winner Malveaux lived in Egypt for a time before moving from a correspondent’s role to the anchor desk. Coverage of the changes in that country largely has fueled her early days as a “CNN Newsroom” regular.
“I don’t know her personally,” she says of Logan. “I’m a colleague, and I’m someone who has seen her work. I think this hits all of us. She’s trying to do her job and thinking about getting the story, and the circumstances turn. Sometimes, it’s the nature of the job.
“It’s a risky thing that we do, but her heart’s in the right place and her mind’s in the right place. I want to do anything I can to help her in any way.”