The anatomy of a dangerous interview

First-time 60 Minutes correspondent, Clarissa Ward, and her producer prepare to confront a dangerous militant Islamist on his turf in Syria

Correspondent Clarissa Ward, producer Ben Plesser, and executive editor Bill Owens tell the story behind a dangerous 60 Minutes interview.


Did you catch the amazing interview moment on 60 Minutes this week when Clarissa Ward confronts a jihadi leader in Syria about an execution video?

In the feature above, Ward and her producer Ben Plesser explain the planning and precautions that went into that dangerous confrontation.

"I think we all felt strongly that we were taking a very well thought-out risk," says Ward. "At the same time, in the moment, it was very, very frightening. I physically felt butterflies in my stomach. My cameraman told me afterwards that his hand was trembling when he was trying to focus the camera."

Watch the video above for the full story behind this courageous interview and tell us what you think.

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