Lisa Ling 'Devastated' About Lara Logan Assault

5:34 AM PST 02/17/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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Ling calls the CBS News correspondent "a very courageous woman."

Lisa Ling was "devastated" to hear that Lara Logan had been brutally beaten and sexually assaulted in Egypt.

"When I first heard the story I was devastated," Ling said on Wednesday's The Wendy Williams Show (via People.com). Ling's sister, Laura, was held captive for five months in a North Korean prison in 2009.

Of Logan, Ling continued: "I have never met her, but she does incredible work and I wish her and her family well and hope that she comes back strong because her work is really unique. She's a very courageous woman and I wish her well."

Ling, who hosts documentary series Our America on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, said most journalists understand they could face danger while out in the field.

"I don't think people recognize the risks that some journalists take, we all take security precautions very seriously but sometimes when you're out there you just don't know what could happen," Ling said. "There are so many unanticipated things that may come up. But I think it's so important for us to support our journalists because we don't want to remain an ignorant society and it takes courageous journalists to go out there."

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