Ling is the co-executive producer and host of Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and the field correspondent for The Oprah Show. She is also a contributor to ABC News' Nightline. She was 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.
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 time at the show. 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.
Open Heart, Open Mind
Known for reporting on tough issues mainstream media is likely to ignore, Ling shines the light on harsh realities and champions true heroes. In this presentation, she encourages us to cultivate a global perspective, opening our hearts and minds to the tough issues beyond the safety of our personal lives, becoming better, more engaged world citizens in the process.
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.
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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