"Journey of Hope"
Laura Ling is an award-winning journalist and author. She is the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, which explores topics such as teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses.
Prior to joining E! Ling served as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department and created Current’s weekly investigative documentary series Vanguard. Ling also worked as a correspondent reporting from dozens of countries and has covered subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico’s drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey. Under her leadership, episodes of Vanguard received numerous prestigious awards including the Alfred I. DuPont Award and several Emmy nominations.
In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States. She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world.
Ling has worked as a producer for Channel One News. She co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001. Her work has also appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, and PBS. She is a Service Ambassador for Points of Light, the nonpartisan organization dedicated to solving social problems through voluntary service.
Ling is co-author of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, that she penned with sister Lisa. This event is FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.