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With a dose of attitude and modern age philosophy, Lisa Ling brought her "view" of the world to millions of Americans as a co-host of ABC Daytime's popular morning talk and entertainment program, The View.Sitting alongside Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar, Ling gave the "twenty-something take" as these five women discussed relevant, everyday issues and shared their daily no-holds-barred opinions and lively colorful conversations.
Lisa Ling has been working in television for 12 years. A Northern California native, at age 16, Ling auditioned for and was chosen to be one of four hosts of Scratch, a nationally syndicated teen magazine show out of Sacramento. By the time she was 18, she had become one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, the network seen in middle and high schools across the country. Despite working more than 40 hours a week, she also attended the University of Southern California where she managed to make the Dean's list during her first year.
While a freshman in college in 1992, Lisa Ling had to tell her Russian Studies professor that she would have to miss class for a week because she had to cover the Russian Referendum elections in Moscow. Needless to say, he understood. In 1994 she made her first trip to Afghanistan, where young boys ran around with anti-tank missiles and anarchy prevailed. In 1996 she participated in a joint investigation with Time magazine into a Russian company accused by international agencies of, among other things, smuggling nuclear weapons. She was the first American television reporter to ever interview the company's owner. All told she has reported from more than two dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia, Algeria, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, India and Iran, and produced eight documentaries for PBS, several of which won awards.
Ling hunted down cocaine processing labs in the Colombian jungle, conducted interviews with members of a notorious guerrilla group in Colombia, was flanked by 12 bodyguards while reporting on the civil war in Algeria, covered the refugee crisis in Albania and shared tea with the Dalai Lama. In her second trip to Afghanistan, the Taliban regime had just taken over most of the country, and she got a first-hand look at the people, politics and highly oppressive way women are treated.
Before the age of 25, Lisa Ling became Channel One's senior war correspondent.
In October, 2000, she began work as a contributing editor for USA Weekend, researching and writing exclusive stories on a range of topics. She hosted the television special "Teen People's 20 Teens Who Will Change The World" in February, 2001.
In April, 2001, she fulfilled her late Uncle John's dream by running and completing the Boston Marathon — with a time of 4:34 — and raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer and the "Ali & Dad's Army" foundation.
Ling's incredible footage from Afghanistan helped provide insight for The Day It All Changed, a forum for teens that she hosted in September, 2001. Her hope is that young people begin to recognize their responsibility in this world, as they will be our future leaders.
Ling's commitment to young people at this difficult time is but one example of the integrity that she brings to her profession. It's no surprise, she sits comfortably next to one of the most respected icons in journalism, Barbara Walters.
Lisa Ling has been named as "Hot Reporter" in the "Hot" issue of "Rolling Stone Magazine," as well as one of "Cosmopolitan" magazine's "Fun, Fearless Females." She has also appeared on the cover of "TV Guide" and "Ladies Home Journal" and has appeared on numerous television programs.
Lisa Ling resides in New York City.