Special Correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show,previously of National Geographic Explorer
From stories about gang rape in the Congo to bride burning in India, the Oprah Show sends Lisa Ling all over the world to cover vitally important stories that much of the world chooses to ignore. Since joining National Geographic in December 2002 as the first woman host of Explorer, Ling has covered war-torn Iraq, investigated the increasingly deadly drug war in Colombia, and examined the complex issues surrounding China's one-child policy.
Ling has explored the phenomenon of female suicide bombers, the hidden and dangerous culture inside American prisons, and the world’s most dangerous gang.
For the Oxygen Network, Ling hosts a series very important to her that explores the challenges that girls face worldwide called Who Cares About Girls.
Prior to her recent globe trotting, Ling was known to millions of Americans as co-host of Barbara Walters' hit daytime talk show, The View.
Ling has been working in television for nearly two decades. At age 16, the Northern California native hosted Scratch, a nationally syndicated teen magazine show.
Ling moved on to become one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, a network seen in middle and high schools across the country. By the age of 25, Ling was a Channel One war correspondent, visiting violent hot spots around the globe. In the field, she hunted down cocaine processing labs, reported on refugee crises, and shared tea with the Dalai Lama.
Altogether, Ling reported from more than two dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran. Ling's hard work continues off-camera: she serves as a contributing editor for USA Weekend and recently co-authored a book entitled Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood.