American journalist and author Lisa Ling has a fortune of $12 million. “This Is Life with Lisa Ling” is her most popular CNN show, although she has also served as a reporter for Channel One News and co-hosted a number of shows for ABC. Co-host of “National Geographic Explorer” was her most prominent ABC assignment. On the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” she served as a special correspondent and then presented “Our America with Lisa Ling” on OWN.
Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home was published by Lisa and her sister in 2019. She was imprisoned in North Korea for reporting on an alleged sex trade involving defecting North Korean women after she crossed into the country from China. National University granted Lisa Ling an honorary doctorate in 2009. As a self-described “die-hard feminist,” Lisa’s documentaries frequently address topics pertaining to women.
Lisa J. Ling was born in Sacramento, California, on August 30, 1973. Lisa and her sister were raised mostly in Carmichael, California, by Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants who divorced when Lisa was seven years old. Ling used to look up to the famous Asian-American journalist Connie Chung. Ling attended the University of Southern California after graduating from high school in Fair Oaks in 1991. However, she dropped out of college to pursue a career in journalism and never finished her degree.
Career of Lisa Ling:
Lisa Ling got her start in journalism at an early age and hasn’t looked back since. She presented a show called “Scratch” while she was a youngster, which dealt with issues facing teenagers and provided amusement for them. At the age of 18, she joined the staff of Channel News One as one of the network’s youngest ever reporters and anchors. When she was in Iraq and Afghanistan on assignments, she earned multiple prizes in the media field, including various films that she produced while there.
She took over for Debbie Matenopolous on “The View” in 1999. There were 12,000 additional applicants for the position. To focus more on overseas reporting, she resigned from the show. “National Geographic Ultimate Explorer” (later renamed National Geographic Explorer) hired her as the show’s new host, and she went on to host “National Geographic Explorer.” Lisa covered a wide range of issues throughout her tenure at the channel, including the drug war in Colombia, North Korea’s internal workings, and much more.
Also, she became an investigative reporter for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during this time period. For example, she came across accounts of bride-burning and gang-rape and child soldiers around the world. Other notable US coverage includes Hurricane Katrina, and the Virginia Tech Massacre.
Lisa Ling began contributing to CNN’s documentary “Planet in Peril” in 2008, after which she made the jump to the cable news network. She covered shark fishing, elephant poaching, and the Nigerian oil business at this period. Lisa Ling launched her own show in 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network, “Our America with Lisa Ling,” which aired for five seasons.
As a result of this, Lisa’s younger sister Laura (another journalist) entered North Korea illegally and was detained by the North Korean government. At the time of their detention, Laura and a colleague were making a documentary about refugees in China, and they were near the North Korean border. They then claimed that they did not want to cross into North Korean territory and that it was an accident that caused them to do so.
Despite the fact that North Korean officials had originally condemned Laura to 12 years in a work camp, she was evidently treated humanely. However, the North Korean officials supposedly realised that Laura had a medical issue and decided to reduce this punishment. Laura’s release was made possible by Lisa’s efforts, and then-President Bill Clinton went to North Korea and helped Laura get acquitted.
Laura and Lisa collaborated on a new book, “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home,” following their remarkable experience in North Korea. The book was finally published in 2010 after a lengthy delay.
A new documentary series, titled “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” premiered in 2014, and she returned to CNN as anchor.
After signing a partnership with HBO Max in 2019, Ling produced her debut documentary, “Birth, Wedding, Funeral,” for the network. “Take Out,” a new documentary series by Ling, will premiere on HBO Max in 2021. Reports said this series will focus on Asian takeaway eateries in the US.
According to Ling, the terrorist acts on September 11, 2001, were “the worst day of my life.” “[…] before we seek retaliation, we should consider the question – why might someone want to make such an attack on the United States?”
Philip Levine, a former mayor of Miami Beach, was one of Lisa’s first prominent romances, which she met through common acquaintances in 2004. During this time, Levine was not the mayor. In 2005, they became engaged, but Lisa cancelled the wedding due to a hectic work schedule. She was engaged to oncologist Paul Song two years later, and the two were married in 2007 after a long engagement. She went on to reveal in 2012 that she was expecting her first child, and she gave birth in 2013 as a result. In the year 2016, the couple had a second kid.
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