Lisa Ling

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Women's Activist, Investigative Journalist, Executive Producer of CNN's This is Life

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Women’s Activist, Investigative Journalist, Executive Producer of CNN’s This is Life

Lisa is the Executive Producer and host of This is Life on CNN, now its eighth season. For the show, Lisa has embedded with a notorious biker club and explored the medicinal use of psychedelics in psychotherapy.


For five seasons prior, Lisa EP’d and hosted Our America on OWN. She was also a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline. For these shows she reported from dozens of countries; covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored.


Lisa was the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show Explorer which sent her to cover the phenomenon of female suicide bombing, the spread of the MS-13 gang—considered the world’s most dangerous gang, and the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea.

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She got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.


Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Sister, Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood, and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister Laura.

Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood

In this lecture, Lisa Ling explores the roles and rituals of womanhood based on the ideas in her recent book, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride, which she co-authored with anthropologist Joanne B. Eicher. Ling explains the forces that attach a woman to herself, other women, her family, and her community, revealing the implications of female rituals on an emotional, cultural, and historical level.

Open Heart, Open Mind

In this keynote address, international motivational speaker Lisa Ling promotes social progress through her experience and insights from her many years as a journalist. She explores the vital role that journalism plays through stories and examples from her own career. Ling explains how journalism acts as a force for good in the world though the turbulence and confusion of change.

All Lisa Ling Books

Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home
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Lisa Ling is a national treasure and the ultimate professional. She is true journalist who researches her subjects and brings her own style to any event. As a moderator, Lisa knows how to get the best interview out of any personality and pivots gracefully from question to question, topic to topic. She’s a dream, and the perfect addition to any event. I’d hire her for my funeral if I was around.

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Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home
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