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Lisa Ling          

Executive Producer & Host of This is Life on CNN

Lisa Ling is an American journalist, television presenter, and author. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. She is the former host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, former co-host of ABC's The View (from 1999–2002), host of National Geographic Explorer, reporter on Channel One News, and special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. She was the host of reality television show The Job. Ling is the older sister of journalist Laura Ling.

In December 2008, CNN's award-winning documentary Planet in Peril featured Ling in the series' second installment, called "Battlelines". She was a correspondent that tracked excessive shark fishing in Costa Rica, elephant poaching in Chad, and gave people an inside look at the battle for the control over oil in Nigeria. In 2010 Ling co-founded the website SecretSocietyOfWomen.com, a forum for women where they can share their problems anonymously.

This Is Life with Lisa Ling is a CNN original documentary television series. In the investigative series, Ling goes on a gritty, breathtaking journey to far corners of America. The premier episode features Ling investigating the world of “sugaring” and opening up about her own relationship experience being a self-proclaimed sugar baby. Later in the season, Ling will delve into profound topics like drug abuse in Utah’s Mormon community and the gay rodeo scene.

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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.

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