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Lisa Ling
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Lisa Ling
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  • Investigative journalist willing to take risks.
  • Former co-host of The View and host of multiple hard-hitting documentary series.
  • One of few American journalists to set foot in North Korea.

Lisa Ling is a journalist and television presenter best known for hosting CNN’s This Is Life with Lisa Ling and OWN’s Our America with Lisa Ling. In addition to her own shows, she has also been a co-host of The View and National Geographic Explorer, as well as a reporter and correspondent for Channel One News and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Ling’s career started in Sacramento, her hometown, when she was selected as one of four hosts of teen news program Scratch. This eventually led to her joining then-nascent content provider Channel One News as one of its youngest reporters. While there, she acted as, among other roles, a war correspondent. From Channel One Ling moved on to National Geographic, through which she was able to travel to and provide a rare glimpse of North Korea as part of a documentary team.

She later developed a working relationship with Oprah Winfrey, through which she was able to premiere her own documentary series, Our America, on Oprah’s channel OWN. Currently, Ling hosts This Is Life, a CNN investigative documentary series in which she explores dangerous, obscure, or otherwise notable subcultures and communities and gets to know the people therein. Ling has interviewed addicts, nomads, pick-up artists and much more.

Ling is also a published author, having written Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, about her experience attempting to get her sister Laura, also a journalist, out of the country when she was detained there; the book was a collaborative effort between the two. Her latest effort, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood, explores the roles of women in various cultures and is representative of Ling’s self-professed position as a “diehard feminist.”

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Both empowering and eye-opening, Lisa Ling’s keynotes provide powerful glimpses into worlds most of us are not privy to. As an investigative journalist, she has visited parts of the world most would never dream of seeing and come face to face with the best and worst of human nature. She has seen savagery, devastation, and trauma as well as empathy, resilience, and hope, often times all in the same place.

Each program features anecdotes lifted from Ling’s personal experiences, whether they be encountering the aftermath of atrocities in war-torn Central Africa or attempting to rescue her own sister from detainment in North Korea. As a staunch feminist, Ling speaks specifically to the struggles and horrors faced by women throughout the world and promotes social change through education and awareness.

But Ling’s programs do not simply dwell in the darkness; she is always able to find the light, even in the most horrific circumstances. In addition to the necessity of being aware of the tragedies occurring daily throughout the world, Ling addresses the importance of faith, not just in higher powers, but in ourselves and our ability to change the world for the better.

Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood
Co-authored by Lisa Ling and anthropologist Joanne B. Eicher, the new National Geographic book Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride is a compelling exploration of all things female. Each chapter reveals the actions that connect a woman with herself, her family, her community, and other women. Ling presents the images and stories behind the book in this fascinating look at the historical, cultural, and emotional impact of women′s rituals.

Open Heart, Open Mind
Keynote speaker Lisa Ling uses her role as a journalist to focus on positive social change. She discusses her own career path in her explanation of how journalism plays an important role in the world around us, and how, as times continue to change, it can be a force for propelling the world forward in new and positive ways.

National Geographic Reports: A Global Perspective
Keeping Lisa Ling in near constant motion, the National Geographic Channel′s Explorer series takes viewers on unforgettable adventures and covers a wide range of human-interest stories, including the devastating natural disasters of the past few years. Showing dramatic video clips from Explorer, Ling shares her adventures and her personal success story and advocates having an open mind and heart to the issues surrounding us.

China′s Lost Little Girls
As a result of China′s one-child policy, thousands of baby girls are abandoned in China every year, just for being girls. Right now in the U.S., there are more foreign adoptees from China than any other country in the world. Ling has covered China for more than a decade; hear her take on this phenomenon and the consequences that the rapidly growing gender imbalance may have on the world′s fastest growing economy.

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague, Euna Lee were apprehended by fearsome North Korean soldiers and violently dragged through the forests along the China-North Korea border and across the Tumen River. They had been working on a television project about the human trafficking crisis that China and North Korea have been trying to cover up for years.

Shortly after, the battered and terrified women were brought before North Korea's Supreme Court and were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in notorious gulag-style camps. They were the first Americans ever tried before the court.

Forming half of the story of Somewhere Inside, Laura provides a gripping account of struggle at the hands of the North Korean guards, as well as her cunning in being able to befriend some of the guards. For her meals in prison, Laura was given rice mixed with rocks before being subject to rounds of harrowing interrogations. Throughout her five months of imprisonment, Laura experienced the darkest moments of her life as she began to come to terms with the possibility that she might never see her family again.

After hearing of Laura's capture, Laura's sister, world-renowned journalist Lisa Ling, immediately thrust herself into private and public efforts to help secure Laura and Euna's release. She was unrelenting in her mission. Lisa recounts insider conversations with people in the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Bill Richardson, among others. She also shares insights into the balancing of agendas and egos with which she had to juggle.

From opposite ends of the world, Laura and Lisa Ling became an unprecedented channel of communication between North Korea, one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet, and its archenemy, the United States. Somewhere Inside is a story of survival, sisterhood and the ignition of a new relationship between two nations that have been at war for more than half a century.


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Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood
In a compelling exploration of all things female, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride celebrates the defining connections among women and honors their differences. Each chapter reveals the actions through which a woman connects with herself, with her family, with members of her community, and with other women—from quinceañera parties commemorating a Hispanic girl turning 15, to pre-wedding henna ceremonies in the Middle East, where the hands and feet of the bride and her party are lavishly painted for her special day. Readers also will learn about such American traditions as the debutante ball, as well as the coming of age rituals of Mende girls in Sierra Leone. Gorgeous photographs from the National Geographic archive portray these women and their customs across time and around the world.

Remarkable stories and anecdotes from anthropologist Joanne Eicher complement the profiles written by Lisa Ling, who as host of the weekly television program National Geographic Explorer, has traveled the world, observing and documenting rituals both ancient and emerging, from her exceptional perspective as a journalist.

Together these accomplished authors provide a fascinating look at the historical, cultural, emotional, and personal impact of women's rituals and ritual practices. Provoking a range of emotions—reverence, sadness, joy, and shock—Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride puts women in perspective in the modern world, in multiple situations and on all levels.

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