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Lisa Ling          

Executive Producer and host of This is Life on CNN

Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN. On the show, Lisa travels across the country in search of ordinary people with extraordinary lives.

For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Through out the series, Lisa examined aspects of American society that may be viewed as marginal or outside the mainstream.

As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories from a wide range of topics.

Lisa 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 as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on 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, 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. She is a co-founder of, a contributor to

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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.


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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