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Lisa Ling          

Award-Winning Journalist & Host of "Our America"

A groundbreaking journalist and human rights advocate, Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She is a contributor to Nightline, the former host of National Geographic Explorer, a former co-host of The View, and a former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show.

From stories about gang rape in the Congo to bride-burning in India, Ling has traveled the globe to cover vitally important events that much of the world chooses to ignore. As the first female host of Explorer, she reported on the looting of antiquities in war-torn Iraq, investigated the increasingly deadly drug war in Colombia, examined the complex issues surrounding China's one-child policy, and journeyed more than 1,600 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in a high-tech submersible in search of gold treasure. During Explorer's 2005 season, Ling explored the phenomenon of female suicide bombers and the hidden and dangerous culture inside American prisons.

An avid supporter of women worldwide, Ling believes all women need an open forum through which to share their secrets, speak their minds, and gain power and confidence through understanding and support. As a result, she co-founded with Sophia Kim.

Ling has been working in television for nearly 20 years. Altogether, she has reported from more than two dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, Algeria, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, India, and Iran. Her position as a role model for today's youth is one she embraces. In 2001, she hosted the television special Teen People's 20 Teens Who Will Change the World and her incredible footage shot following the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan helped provide insight for The Day It All Changed, a teen forum she led for the WB Network. She has produced eight documentaries for PBS, several of which have won awards.

Ling was a special correspondent for CNN's Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. 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. A contributor to, Ling also serves on the board of directors for the California Museum.

Speech Topics

The Importance of a Global Perspective

Lisa recounts stories that profoundly changed her life and talks about how travel and going beyond one's comfort zone is wholly transformative, making one smarter, more well-rounded, and more marketable.

Open Heart Open Mind

In today's culture of sound bite news, many important issues get overlooked, if they get covered at all. Lisa Ling has dedicated herself to shedding light on stories impacting the world in which we live. In her presentations, complete with a lively Q&A session, Lisa shares stories from her over 20-year career in media that have profoundly affected her outlook on life. Her hope is that through her experiences people may be provoked to think about things differently and allow themselves to expand their horizons.


Lisa Ling Welcomes Daughter Ray – Moms & Babies – Celebrity ...

Lisa Ling just broke one of the biggest stories of her life: She's a mom again! The award-winning journalist and her husband Dr. Paul Song, a biotech firm ...

CNN Sets Premiere Date for 'This is Life With Lisa Ling'

TheWrap has exclusively learned the fall premiere date for the third season of CNN's "This is life with Lisa Ling."

Lisa Ling: Don't underestimate father-daughter relationship -

While reporting on a jail program that tries to educated men on being better fathers, Lisa Ling looks at an underestimated relationship: the father-daughter one.

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