You may have (or likely have) heard on the news that CBS Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob in Cairo while covering the fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
This is such a disgusting and sad story. I'm a fan of Lara's; she's an experienced, intelligent and brave journalist who has reported from war zones as torn apart as Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a journalist myself, who is not brave enough to do what she does, I have immense respect for her.
She's often credited for being a "sexy reporter" more than she is for her professional achievements. Unsurprisingly, she hates that. And so she should.
Lara has refused to allow her looks to dominate her reputation and has continued to pursue what we all know is a dangerous job... an Egyptian journalist has already died covering these same events, at least 52 journalists have been attacked in Egypt already, and 44 journalists were killed and 145 imprisoned in 2010.
But what sort of impact does abuse and violence as brutal as this have on a person like Lara?
Will it convince her to turn away from conflict zones?
Will it fuel her anger and cause her to become even more determined?
Will she now question her safety in comparison to male journalists?
This video is Lara to a tee... smart, determined, a little frustrated and funny. She's awesome.
Wishing her strength and a speedy recovery.