Laura  Ling

Laura Ling

Award-winning journalist and author Laura Ling has traveled the world reporting on critical issues ranging from slave labor in the Amazon, to energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, to the challenges faced by military families in the U.S. As a correspondent and director of development for Discovery Communication's Seeker Network, Ling has focused on creating inspiring programming for a millennial audience. Her web-series Rituals highlights the practices of extraordinary individuals to see how they strive, thrive and gain focus. Ling was recently honored with a national Gracie Award, which recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women. Ling has hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling.

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Over almost two decades, award-winning journalist and web and TV host, Laura Ling has dedicated herself to exposing the world to critical global issues, including slave labor in the Amazon, the drug war in Mexico, Internet censorship in China, and women's rights in Turkey.

As the Director of Development for Discovery Digital Networks, Ling oversees the creation and production of original web series. She is also the host of Going Off Grid and Rituals With Laura Ling.

Prior to joining Discovery Digital Networks, Ling hosted two documentary series on the E! Network that investigated topics such as teen suicide and underground youth subcultures in America. Previously, as Vice President of Current TV's journalism department, Ling created the critically acclaimed investigative documentary series, Vanguard, which received numerous awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont Award. As a correspondent for SoCal Connected, a news magazine series, Ling's work was recognized with both an Emmy and a national Edward R. Murrow award.

In March 2009, Ling captured the world's attention from a different standpoint, when she was arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days, after attempting to report on the trafficking of North Korean women. Granted a special pardon, she returned to the U.S. and documented her experience in her 2010 memoir, "Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home," penned with her sister, Lisa.

    "EXCELLENT!!! She was amazing!! It was so interesting listening to her story after hearing about it in the news. She was great afterwards, many of our members wanted to take pictures with her and she was very gracious and took pictures until there was no one left. Again, she was absolutely wonderful!!!"

    - Women's Transportation Seminar

    "She is kind, respectful, and humble. Laura is a joy to work with."

    - University of Texas

    "Laura was an incredible delight. We had a standing room only crowd; students and community members said it was the best lecture event they've ever attended at MCLA. One class was even inspired to write music based on her book. Her lecture was endearing and touching, and she was so gracious!"

    - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts