Lisa Ling

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  • Emmy Award-Winning Journalist
  • CBS Contributor
  • Executive Producer and Host, CNN's 'This is Life with Lisa Ling' and Max's 'Take Out'
  • Former Executive Producer, OWN's 'Our America'

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Lisa Ling has spent more than two decades focused on groundbreaking storytelling. Lisa is a contributor for CBS and previously served as the host and executive producer of the acclaimed series This is Life on CNN and Take Out on Max. Throughout her career, Lisa has reported from dozens of countries around the world, covering issues and highlighting voices that are too often ignored. For her sought-after events, Lisa consistently receives rave reviews: "Lisa was absolutely outstanding! She was so interesting and provided such great commentary on our questions. Feedback from our attendees was outstanding and we had great engagement with 15+ questions from the audience. Definitely one of our favorite speakers for this series!" (SAP NS2)

Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Sister, Daughter, 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. She is an advisory board member for Fostering Media Connections, The Amani Project, and a Baby2Baby angel. Lisa has spoken for groups including American Express, the AARP Purpose Prize, Capital One, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Independent Schools, and American Express, who said: “We had a great event with Lisa. She has such amazing energy and opened up in a very real and personal way. The feedback we received from colleagues was exceptional.”

 



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Past Hosts Include:
  • Matt Afflixio, President, Access Brand Communications
  • Paypal Inc.
  • American Express
  • SAP NS2
  • AARP Purpose Prize
  • Capital One
  • University of Vermont
  • National University
  • Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Independent Schools
Rave Reviews About Lisa Ling as a Speaker
Lisa Ling is a national treasure and the ultimate professional. She is true journalist who researches her subjects and brings her own style to any event. As a moderator, Lisa knows how to get the best interview out of any personality and pivots gracefully from question to question, topic to topic. She’s a dream, and the perfect addition to any event. I’d hire her for my funeral if I was around.

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Moderation

Emmy Award-winning journalist LISA LING brings her skill as a journalistic interviewer to moderated events ranging from fireside chats to industry panels to political debates. For a well-paced, focused program, Ling brings the best in moderation. ...

Emmy Award-winning journalist LISA LING brings her skill as a journalistic interviewer to moderated events ranging from fireside chats to industry panels to political debates. For a well-paced, focused program, Ling brings the best in moderation.

Tomorrow’s Wellness

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING has reported on all topics wellness. In both her journalistic and personal explorations of wellness products, practices and technologies, Ling has formed a nuanced perspective on what it means to live well across the facets of personhood ...

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING has reported on all topics wellness. In both her journalistic and personal explorations of wellness products, practices and technologies, Ling has formed a nuanced perspective on what it means to live well across the facets of personhood. Discussing the latest stories in wellness, Ling empowers audiences with new tools and ideas applicable to all walks of life.

Human Connection in a Digital World

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING reflects on the evolution of interpersonal communication in an increasingly digital world, as told through her experiences as an interviewer. Providing a refreshing, optimistic perspective, Ling shares the importance of human connection ...

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING reflects on the evolution of interpersonal communication in an increasingly digital world, as told through her experiences as an interviewer. Providing a refreshing, optimistic perspective, Ling shares the importance of human connection as we become more engulfed in a digital world, providing actionable tools to foster real-world connection points.

Open Heart, Open Mind

In today’s culture of “sound bite 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 life. In her presentations, complete with a lively Q&A session, Lisa shares a collection of stor ...

In today’s culture of “sound bite 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 life. In her presentations, complete with a lively Q&A session, Lisa shares a collection of 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.

The Importance of a Global Perspective

LISA LING recounts stories that profoundly changed her life and talks about how travel and going beyond one’s comfort zone is wholly transformative, making one smarter, more well-rounded and more marketable. ...

LISA LING recounts stories that profoundly changed her life and talks about how travel and going beyond one’s comfort zone is wholly transformative, making one smarter, more well-rounded and more marketable.

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<p><strong>Lisa Ling promotes longevity healthcare, headlining Caring Across Generations Conference at UCLA</strong></p>

Lisa Ling promotes longevity healthcare, headlining Caring Across Generations Conference at UCLA

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING has comprehensively reported on the mental healthcare revolution dubbed “The Psychedelic Renaissance.” From trying activation breathwork on CBS to her three-part series “Psychedelic Renaissance,” Ling has brought forth cutting-edge research into the connections between psychedelic experiences, healing, and mental health. Discussing mental healthcare, wellness, and more, Ling dives into the stories behind the latest medical research.

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<p><strong>Lisa Ling reports on the mental healthcare revolution “The Psychedelic Renaissance” </strong></p>

Lisa Ling reports on the mental healthcare revolution “The Psychedelic Renaissance”

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING has comprehensively reported on the mental healthcare revolution dubbed “The Psychedelic Renaissance.” From trying activation breathwork on CBS to her three-part series “Psychedelic Renaissance,” Ling has brought forth cutting-edge research into the connections between psychedelic experiences, healing, and mental health. Discussing mental healthcare, wellness, and more, Ling dives into the stories behind the latest medical research.

Watch Lisa Ling speak at the White House >>

Watch Lisa Ling in conversation with the Asia Society >>

<p><strong>Event Success Story: Lisa Ling delights as a moderator with Brand Access Communications</strong></p>

Event Success Story: Lisa Ling delights as a moderator with Brand Access Communications

Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author LISA LING was the ideal moderator at Intuit’s Small Business Success Month Fireside Chat. Skillfully keeping the focus on panelist expertise and topics pertaining to host interest, Ling delivered an engaging, memorable event. An Intuit executive said, “Lisa Ling is a national treasure and the ultimate professional. She is true journalist who researches her subjects and brings her own style to any event. As a moderator, Lisa knows how to get the best interview out of any personality and pivots gracefully from question to question, topic to topic. She’s a dream, and the perfect addition to any event. I’d hire her for my funeral if I was around.”

Watch Lisa Ling speak at the White House >>

Watch Lisa Ling on CNN >>

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Biography

Lisa Ling is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and bestselling author who has spent more than two decades focused on groundbreaking storytelling. Lisa is a contributor for CBS. Previously, she served as host and executive producer for the acclaimed series This is Life on CNN and Take Out on Max.

For five seasons prior, Lisa EP’d and hosted Our America on OWN. She was also a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline. For these shows she reported from dozens of countries; covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Lisa was the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show Explorer which sent her to cover the phenomenon of female suicide bombing, the spread of the MS-13 gang—considered the world’s most dangerous gang, and the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea.

She 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.

Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Sister. Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood, and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home that she penned with her sister Laura.

In 2014, President Obama appointed Lisa to the Commission on White House Fellows. She is an advisory board member for Fostering Media Connections, The Amani Project, and a Baby2Baby angel.

Lisa lives in Santa Monica with her husband Paul Song and daughters Jett and Ray.