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Award-Winning Journalist & Host of "This Is Life" on CNN

Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling is the host of This is Life with Lisa Ling,  on CNN. Ling was formerly the executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In the first two seasons, she embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin and got exclusive access inside…

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Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling is the host of This is Life with Lisa Ling,  on CNN. Ling was formerly the executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In the first two seasons, she embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin and got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement. She also witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans or war and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capital.

Ling also served as the correspondent for The Oprah Show and was a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline. She was also the first female host of National Geographic’s Explorer series where she investigated the deadly MS-13 gang, went undercover inside North Korea, and explored the drug war in South America, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Ling 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.  She later went to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her tenure.  She was also 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.

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The Importance of a Global Perspective
Keeping Lisa Ling in 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 encourages audience members to have an open mind and heart to the issues surrounding them.

Open Heart, Open Mind
In today’s culture of sound byte 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, Ling 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.

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.

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