Lisa Ling’s Life Achieving Dreams11 Feb 2020
Lisa Ling, actress/writer/producer, is woman on a mission to do one main thing: accomplish. She was born in Sacramento, California on August 30, 1973. Her middle name is the Chinese word meaning wisdom, which seem to transcend from a simple middle name to a strong cornerstone of her character. A personal quote by Lisa published in Psychology Today Magazine says, “Our time on Earth is so random. Try to accomplish things you have always dreamt of while you can. I know it sounds cliché, but the biggest lesson I have learned is that life is precious; enjoy it while it lasts.”
Ling’s motivating career began at the ripe young age of 16 in television, and mirrors her statement about life. She has not wasted a second chasing her dreams. She was chosen as a host (one of four) for a nationally syndicated teen newsmagazine program called Scratch. Two short years later, she became one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, watched by some 8.5 million students across 12,000 high schools in the nation!
Lisa’s career next sprang into global news, which sent her reporting to as many as two dozen different countries. She trekked through Iran, Iraq, Cambodia, Russia, Algeria, China, Vietnam, Japan, Albania, and India. She covered historic events such as the Kosovo refugee crisis and Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Lisa boasted the title of Channel One’s Senior War Correspondent before turning 25 years of age. While working at Channel One, Lisa attended school at the University of Southern California, demonstrating that hard working individuals can balance their career schedule with education. In 1996, Ling joined a joint investigation with Time magazine. The investigation centered on a Russian company charged by international agencies with the smuggling of nuclear weapons.
Throughout her career, Ling has produced eight PBS documentaries, all of which aired on KCET-TV, a Los Angeles public television station. The topics of these documentaries were diverse, ranging from drug trafficking to Ling’s 13-year-old cousin’s battle against liver cancer. Her career has not been without danger. The documentary on drug trafficking brought her deep into the Colombian jungle to discover cocaine processing laboratories.
Ling also worked freelance for ABC News’ weekend edition as a correspondent. In 1999 she was picked from three finalists after several on-air tryouts to succeed Debbie Matenopoulos as a host of Barabara Walters’ daily morning talk show, The View. Ling gladly took this post, becoming one of five distinct women who represent a diverse group of backgrounds, ethnicities, and generations (Barbara Walters, Star Jones, Lisa Ling, Joy Behar, and Meredith Vieira). These five extraordinary women offer a unique melting pot of perspectives on topics that range from celebrity interviews to serious political and legal issues. Ling, as well as her cohosts, have earned several Emmy nominations in the categories of Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Today Lisa hosts National Geographic Explorer and moonlights as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is married. Her husband, Paul Song, is a radiation oncologist at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She has an older sister, Laura Ling.
You can best keep up with Lisa by checking in at her website, where you will also find her Twitter information should you follow people at EscortFox.