Lisa Ling

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Women's Activist, Investigative Journalist, Host of CNN's "This is Life with Lisa Ling"

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TV Host, Journalist, and Women’s Activist

Globe-traveling investigative journalist and activist, Lisa Ling has reported on social injustices, environmental, business, and women’s issues all over the world.

Current Work

Ling, previously the executive producer and host of “Our America” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), has expanded her documentary repertoire with a new eight-episode series on CNN, titled “This is Life with Lisa Ling.” The series is geared toward a more general audience rather than a female audience.  In “This is Life,” Ling travels across America introducing viewers to sub-cultures and communities that are unusual, extraordinary and sometimes dangerous. The new series premiered Sunday, October 28, 2014 at 10 p.m. on CNN.

Lisa Ling was amazing! Our campus community is still buzzing about her message and how responsive she was to the student’s comments. — Georgia Southern University

Previous Experience

Lisa Ling was the executive producer and host of  “Our America” on OWN, which ran for five seasons since February 2011. In the first two seasons, she embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin and got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement. She also witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans or war and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capital.

In addition, Ling previously served as the correspondent for “The Oprah Show” and was a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline. She was also the first female host of National Geographic’s Explorer series where she investigated the deadly MS-13 gang, went undercover inside North Korea, and explored the drug war in South America, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Ling 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. She was also a special correspondent for CNN’s Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today’s USA Weekend magazine.

Best Selling Author

She is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, 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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Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home
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