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Laura Ling

American Journalist, Correspondent and Vice President for Current TV; Captor of North Korea

Travels From:
California
Fee Range:
$10,000 - $15,000

Laura Ling 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 the E! Network 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 on crucial issues from around the world. She has reported 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.

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 also worked as a series producer for Channel One News where she produced reports from around the globe. Ling 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, PBS, and the WB.

Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home

Ling recounts her time in captivity, from moments when she feared she might never see her family again, to glimmers of humanity and compassion directed towards her by her captors, to the ways in which she fought to win back her freedom. She talks about what sustained her throughout that terrifying period of isolation and how she was able to maintain hope. Her story provides a rare and unique window into the so-called “Hermit Nation,” and what happens when people from “enemy” nations get a chance to interact and communicate face-to-face.


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