Lisa Ling

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Lisa Ling
Lisa ling 2007-03-29.jpg
Born (1973-08-30) August 30, 1973 (age 40)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Residence United States
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1991–present
Notable credit(s) The View (co-host, 1999–2002), Planet in Peril (co-host, 2008), National Geographic Explorer (host, 2003-2010), Our America with Lisa Ling (host, 2011-present)
Spouse(s) Paul Song (2007-present)
Children 1
Family Mary & Doug Ling (parents), Laura Ling (sister)
Website
www.lisaling.com

Lisa J. Ling (born August 30, 1973) is an American journalist and writer, best known for her role as 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.

Early life[edit]

Ling was born in Sacramento, California.[1] Her parents divorced when she was 7 years old, and her younger sister Laura was 4.[1][2] Ling's father Doug is a Chinese immigrant, born in China during the 1920s; her mother Mary Mei-yan (née Wang) is a Taiwanese immigrant from Tainan, Taiwan, and formerly served as the head of the Los Angeles office of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.[3][4][5][6] Following the divorce, she and her sister, Laura, were raised in the city of Sacramento by their father. She graduated from Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California in 1991[7] and then attended the University of Southern California.[8] Ling is fluent in Spanish.

Career[edit]

The View[edit]

Ling started in television when she was chosen as one of the four hosts of Scratch, a nationally syndicated teen magazine show based in Sacramento. At 18, she joined Channel One News as one of their youngest reporters and anchors. Among her roles was war correspondent, including assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has won several awards for her reporting and documentaries.[9]

She joined The View on August 2, 1999 after beating out a reported 12,000 hopefuls who had auditioned to replace Debbie Matenopoulos,[10] but left the show after three and a half years towards the end of 2002 to go back to international reporting. She was responsible for proposing segments like investing for women, and, according to Ling, her goal was to say one thing each day that would make people think, whether it made them cheer or made them throw things at their TV. She drew both fire and praise for her comments after the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which she said, "What happened to the United States was a catastrophic event and the worst terrorist attack in human history. Yet maybe before we seek revenge, we should ask the question – why should anyone want to make such an attack on the U.S.?"[11]

National Geographic and Oprah[edit]

Ling accepted an offer to host National Geographic Ultimate Explorer. In 2005, the show moved to the National Geographic Channel and returned to its original name, National Geographic Explorer. Ling has covered the drug war in Colombia, investigated the notorious MS-13 gang, and explored the culture of U.S. prisons. She also was allowed to travel into North Korea as part of a medical missionary group, where she and a film team were able to document a rare look into North Korea. The trip was documented in the 2007 National Geographic documentary "Inside North Korea".

She then became a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show which has featured many of Ling's investigative pieces, including a report on North Korea.[12][13] Ling's title is "Oprah Show Investigative Reporter." She also has reported on bride burning in India, gang rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, child trafficking in Ghana, under cover investigation of Pennsylvanian puppy mills with Main Line Animal Rescue, the immediate aftermath of the hurricane in New Orleans, and the April 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre.

Current career and future[edit]

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.

On February 16, 2011, her show Our America with Lisa Ling premiered on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.[14]

Relationships and family[edit]

On January 3, 2007, Ling announced her engagement to Chicago-based radiation oncologist Paul Song, 41.[15] They married on May 26, 2007, in their hometown of Los Angeles. The wedding party included guests such as Connie Chung, one of Lisa's personal heroes, and actresses Kelly Hu and Diane Farr.[16] On June 7, 2009, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from National University, after giving the commencement speech there.[17]

Her younger sister, Laura Ling, also a journalist, was managing editor of Vanguard at Current TV and currently a host and reporter on E! Network. In March 2009 Laura and her colleague Euna Lee were detained by North Korea for illegal entry into the country. They had been attempting to film refugees along the border with China.[18] In June, they were sentenced to 12 years in a labor prison for illegal entry into North Korea, and unspecified hostile acts.[19]

North Korea released Laura and Euna on August 4, 2009 after a visit from former U.S. President Bill Clinton.[20] Laura and Lisa went on to collaborate on the first book either has had published, Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, published in May 2010.[21]

In October 2012 Lisa announced on Anderson Cooper's talk show that she and husband Paul Song were expecting their first child, a baby girl. She gave birth to a daughter named Jett Ling Song on March 8, 2013.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Taub, Daniel (2009-08-06). "Journalists arrive in U.S. following imprisonment". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ Castaneda, Erin (2008-04-04). "Journalist (Lisa) Ling shares her own story". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ Churcher, Sharon; Graham, Caroline (2009-08-10). "In peril in Pyongyang? How jailed female journalists were in greater danger sharing a plane with Bill Clinton". The Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 2009-08-20 : "Laura, 32, describes herself as a ‘Chinese American'".
  4. ^ Hsu, Jenny W. (2009-04-03). "Lawmaker urges ministry to help captive journalist". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2010-03-22 
  5. ^ Castaneda, Erin (2008-04-04). "Journalist (Lisa) Ling shares her own story". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2009-08-20 
  6. ^ Taub, Daniel (2009-08-06). "Journalists arrive in U.S. following imprisonment". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2009-08-07 
  7. ^ "Lisa Ling: Host, National Geographic Ultimate Explorer". 
  8. ^ http://dailytrojan.com/2010/04/28/investigative-journalist-lisa-ling-coming-to-campus-on-wednesday/
  9. ^ Lisa Ling bio National Geographic Explorer on MSNBC
  10. ^ TV Guide June 26-July-2 1999. pg. 5. 
  11. ^ "Lisa Ling on The View and Network News". Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. 
  12. ^ Inside North Korea, Lisa Ling, National Geographic Explorer, February 27, 2007
  13. ^ Inside North Korea (DVD). National Geographic. 2006. 
  14. ^ OWN Sneak Peek: Our America with Lisa Ling
  15. ^ "Lisa Ling Engaged to Chicago Oncologist". 
  16. ^ Mary Margaret and Cynthia Wang. "Lisa Ling Marries Her 'Doctor McDreamy'". 
  17. ^ Journalist Lisa Ling Addresses San Diego Graduates. National University. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  18. ^ Michael Y. Park (2009-03-23). "Lisa Ling's Sister Arrested in North Korea". People. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  19. ^ "North Korea jails US journalists. Eric Marchel ff". BBC News. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  20. ^ Jack Kim (August 4, 2009). "North Korea Pardons U.S. Journalists as Clinton meets Kim". Reuters. 
  21. ^ Ling, Laura and Ling, Lisa (2010). Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home. William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-200067-5.
  22. ^ Huffington Post (2012-10-24). "Lisa Ling Pregnant: Former 'View' Co-Host Expecting Baby Girl". Huffington Post. 
  23. ^ Lisa Ling Gives Birth to Baby Girl Jett; USA Today; March 8, 2013

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Media offices
Preceded by
Debbie Matenopoulos
The View co-host
1999-2002
Succeeded by
Elisabeth Hasselbeck