Lives on the line: Reflections on covering 2015's tough stories

One subject we rarely mention on the broadcast is journalism. But recently, we've reflected on the risks that are required to bring you the CBS Evening News.

Correspondent Charlie D'Agata and his team have gone into Iraq and Syria, where ISIS has beheaded American reporters.

Debora Patta and her crew went on the trail of Boko Haram terrorists in Cameroon last week.

And CBS News Digital Journalist Lindsey Boerma was pushed to the ground in Baltimore while covering demonstrators after a mistrial in the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

Lindsey Boerma is jostled by a sheriff's deputy in Baltimore, Maryland Joshua Sinn

There are many hazardous professions -- our police officers, firemen, the armed forces. Journalism is another.

Thirteen men and women of CBS News have died in the line of duty since 1947. Worldwide this year, 69 journalists have been killed on the job.

Did the sheriff's deputies think the camera Boerma was holding above her head was a dangerous weapon? We don't know.

But for those around the world who strive to hide the facts from the public, it certainly can be.

  • Scott Pelley
    Scott Pelley

    Correspondent, "60 Minutes"