Who is Joseph Burkett?
A retired US Army Master Sergeant, Joseph ‘Joe’ Burkett, hasn’t revealed much information about himself, since he was working as a defense contractor for the US government, although it’s known that he hails from Texas and that he’s in his 50s. Joseph came into the limelight after marrying a world-famous reporter, Lara Logan.
Speaking about his educational background, Joseph matriculated at the age of sixteen, and continued his education at one of the public US universities, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
According to sources, Joseph was working as a managing member of Janus Lares Associates, an ammunition dealer, and was a governing person of the Sakom Services LLC in Texas, whose owner is Justin Penfold, an expert in the security industry, and is currently working as a congressional liaison officer.
An interesting story about Joseph is that when he was on temporary duty in Washington DC and waiting for the metro train, he saved a woman who had fallen onto the tracks, and since this was witnessed by the Washington Post’s reporter who wrote a story about this, Joseph received the Soldier’s Medal.
Marriage with Lara Logan
Joseph and Lara met while they were both working in Afghanistan – at that time, Lara was in a relationship, and Joseph was still in a marriage with his now ex-wife Kimberly Burkett; it was reported that she filed for divorce in January 2008.
Meeting again in Iraq, Joseph and Lara started their relationship, and in June 2008 Lara announced that she was pregnant, and the two tied the knot in November of the same year, while their first son, Joseph Washington Burkett V, was born on 29 December 2008. Their second child, a daughter named Lola, was born in March 2010.
The family moved into their house in Washington DC, which Lara bought for $1.5 million, and Joseph’s daughter Ashley, from his first marriage, also lived with them.
In 2016, after their son was diagnosed with several learning disabilities, the family relocated to a small Texas town, near Joseph’s family, and she said that she didn’t regret their moving from Washington, also saying: ‘I needed to be a mom, and I needed to be the kind of mom that I wanted to be. I’m all in, I really believe in being there for my kids, and I really believe that I can help Joe learn how to read and write.’
As of March 2022, Joseph and Lara are still married, and live in Texas.
Who is Lara Logan?
A television and radio journalist, and war correspondent, Lara Logan was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on 29 March 1971, in Durban, South Africa, although she comes from a family of Caucasian descent.
She was raised in Durban, where she attended Durban’s Girls’ College, and upon matriculating in 1989, she enrolled at the University of Natal, in Durban, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce in 1992, then earned a diploma in French language, culture and history at The French Alliance, an international organization that promotes francophone culture around the world.
During her college days, Lara worked as a news reporter for the Sunday Tribune in Durban, and then for the Daily News until 1992, when she joined Reuters Television in Africa, an international news agency, where she at first worked as a senior producer. She waited for almost five years to become a freelance journalist, working as a reporter and producer for Fox Sky, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) News, American Broadcasting Company (ABC) News, and the European Broadcasting Union.
In 1998, she worked for Cable News Network (CNN), reporting on incidents such as the US embassy bombing in Tanzania and Nairobi, the Kosovo war, and the conflict in Northern Ireland.
In 2000, Lara was hired as a correspondent by GMTV Breakfast Television, in the UK, and in the following year she went to Afghanistan, where she interviewed General Babajan, a former member of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan.
From 2002 until 2006, Lara worked as a full-fledged correspondent, reporting from the war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq; many of her reports were for 60 Minutes II, an American weekly primetime news magazine, then from 2006 until 2018 she was chief foreign affairs correspondent.
On 15 February 2011, CBS News released a statement about Lara being sexually assaulted, beaten four days earlier while she was reporting from Tahrir Square, in Egypt, and on 1 May 2011, Lara said in her ’60 Minutes’ interview: ‘I didn’t even know that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things because I couldn’t even feel that … the sexual assault was all I could feel — was their hands raping me over and over and over again’.
The brutal attack went on until she was dragged by the mob near a fence where a group of Egyptian women were sitting, and one of them put her arms around Lara, and the others closed ranks around her and protected her from the attackers. Luckily, a group of soldiers appeared and beat back the crowd with batons, while one of the soldiers took Lara, and threw her over his shoulders, and soon she was in her hotel, safe.
During her career, Lara hs received numerous awards, including the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award in 2004, The David Kaplan Award, Overseas Press Club in 2006, David Bloom Award, Radio, and Television Correspondents’ Association in 2007, and in 2011, she received Daniel Pearl Award, and National Press Club’s John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award.
After leaving CBS, Lara was hired by Fox News, where she worked on the series “Lara Logan has No Agenda”. She’s currently off-air since she compared Doctor Anthony Fauci to Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, and because of her comment, she was dropped as a client by United Talent Agency in December 2021.
Speaking about Lara’s personal life, before her marriage with Joseph, she was married to Jason Siemon, a professional basketball player in the UK, who is originally from Iowa, USA; the two were in marriage from 1998 until 2007, and didn’t have children together.