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Laura Ling

5 out of 5

Acclaimed Journalist Known for Being Detained in North Korea; Host of "E! Investigates;" Co-Author of "Somewhere Inside"

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Laura Ling Biography

Laura Ling is an award-winning journalist and author. She most recently hosted the Discovery mini-documentary series, The Power of Kindness that looks at the scientific roots and benefits of being kind. She hosts Everyday Bravery, a podcast about overcoming life’s biggest challenges.

Ling is the Head of Programming for Heart Television’s streaming service where she oversees the development and creation of original streaming content. She served as the Director of Development for Discovery Communications’s digital network, Seeker, which garnered hundreds of millions of views online.

As the host of Conquered on Z Living Network, Ling profiled awe-inspiring people who have broken boundaries to achieve their goals. She has also hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling. The shows highlighted topics such as teen suicide, the challenges faced by military spouses, and underground youth subcultures in America.

Prior to joining E! Ling served as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department and created Vanguard, the network’s weekly investigative documentary series. As a Vanguard correspondent, she traveled the world to report on subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, the drug war in Mexico, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey. Under her leadership, 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 and her colleague Euna Lee were detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. The two journalists were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States. She documented her experience in the 2010 memoir, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, that she penned with her sister, Lisa.

As a correspondent for SoCal Connected, the hard-hitting news magazine series airing on KCET, Ling’s work was recognized with both an Emmy and a national Edward R. Murrow award. Ling has served as a producer for Channel One News and co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001. Her work has appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, and PBS. She has also written editorials for the Los Angeles Times and CNN.com.

Ling was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year in 2009. She is a Service Ambassador for Points of Light, the nonpartisan organization dedicated to solving social problems through voluntary service. She resides in Mill Valley, California with her husband and two children.

Speaking Topics
  • Journey of Hope

    As a journalist, Laura Ling has spent a large part of her career focusing on human rights issues and struggles for freedom. Ling talks about these experiences in addition to her own personal loss of liberty being held prisoner in one of the world’s most secretive, repressive nations and sentenced to twelve years hard labor for doing her work as a journalist.

    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.

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

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

News
  • Laura Ling to host E! show

    Entertainment channel E! has hired Laura Ling, who was detained with a Current TV colleague in North Korea last year, to host hour-long series "E! Investigates" ...

  • Laura Ling – Discovery Communications, Inc.

    But woven into her triumphs are obstacles few her age have been forced to face, including years of domestic instability and gang violence. Seeker's Laura Ling ...

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Laura Ling?

    Booking fees for Laura Ling, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Laura Ling, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Laura Ling?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Laura Ling for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Laura Ling for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Laura Ling or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Laura Ling or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Laura Ling

5 out of 5

Acclaimed Journalist Known for Being Detained in North Korea; Host of "E! Investigates;" Co-Author of "Somewhere Inside"

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Laura Ling Biography

Laura Ling is an award-winning journalist and author. She most recently hosted the Discovery mini-documentary series, The Power of Kindness that looks at the scientific roots and benefits of being kind. She hosts Everyday Bravery, a podcast about overcoming life’s biggest challenges.

Ling is the Head of Programming for Heart Television’s streaming service where she oversees the development and creation of original streaming content. She served as the Director of Development for Discovery Communications’s digital network, Seeker, which garnered hundreds of millions of views online.

As the host of Conquered on Z Living Network, Ling profiled awe-inspiring people who have broken boundaries to achieve their goals. She has also hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling. The shows highlighted topics such as teen suicide, the challenges faced by military spouses, and underground youth subcultures in America.

Prior to joining E! Ling served as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department and created Vanguard, the network’s weekly investigative documentary series. As a Vanguard correspondent, she traveled the world to report on subjects including slave labor in the Amazon, the drug war in Mexico, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey. Under her leadership, 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 and her colleague Euna Lee were detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. The two journalists were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States. She documented her experience in the 2010 memoir, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, that she penned with her sister, Lisa.

As a correspondent for SoCal Connected, the hard-hitting news magazine series airing on KCET, Ling’s work was recognized with both an Emmy and a national Edward R. Murrow award. Ling has served as a producer for Channel One News and co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001. Her work has appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, and PBS. She has also written editorials for the Los Angeles Times and CNN.com.

Ling was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year in 2009. She is a Service Ambassador for Points of Light, the nonpartisan organization dedicated to solving social problems through voluntary service. She resides in Mill Valley, California with her husband and two children.

Laura Ling Speaking Topics

  • Journey of Hope

    As a journalist, Laura Ling has spent a large part of her career focusing on human rights issues and struggles for freedom. Ling talks about these experiences in addition to her own personal loss of liberty being held prisoner in one of the world’s most secretive, repressive nations and sentenced to twelve years hard labor for doing her work as a journalist.

    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.

Laura Ling Videos

  • Laura Ling on Imprisonment in North Korea
    Lisa and Laura Ling recount their experiences from Laura’s abduction in North Korea. while she was working on a documentary.
  • Laura Ling Carthage College Commencement Address 2015
    Address by Laura Ling, director of development for Discovery Digital Networks, to the Carthage College Class of 2015 at the Commencement ceremony...
  • The Ritual That Helped Laura Ling Survive North Korea
    Rituals with Laura Ling is a series that takes viewers on a journey through the psyche and habits of extraordinary individuals to find out how they...

Laura Ling Books

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FAQs on booking Laura Ling

  • How to book Laura Ling?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Laura Ling for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Laura Ling, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Laura Ling or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Laura Ling?

    Booking fees for Laura Ling, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Laura Ling, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Laura Ling?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Laura Ling for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Laura Ling for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Laura Ling or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Laura Ling or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Laura Ling is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Journey of Hope. The estimated speaking fee range to book Laura Ling for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Laura Ling generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Amanda Nguyen, Kelvin Yu, Geena Rocero, Tracy Chou and Richard Lui. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laura Ling for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Laura Ling Speaking Topics

  • Journey of Hope

    As a journalist, Laura Ling has spent a large part of her career focusing on human rights issues and struggles for freedom. Ling talks about these experiences in addition to her own personal loss of liberty being held prisoner in one of the world’s most secretive, repressive nations and sentenced to twelve years hard labor for doing her work as a journalist.

    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.

Laura Ling Speaker Videos

  • Laura Ling on Imprisonment in North Korea
    Lisa and Laura Ling recount their experiences from Laura’s abduction in North Korea. while she was working on a documentary.
    Laura Ling Carthage College Commencement Address 2015
    Address by Laura Ling, director of development for Discovery Digital Networks, to the Carthage College Class of 2015 at the Commencement ceremony recorded Sunday, May 24.
  • The Ritual That Helped Laura Ling Survive North Korea
    Rituals with Laura Ling is a series that takes viewers on a journey through the psyche and habits of extraordinary individuals to find out how they survive, thrive, and gain focus.
    Laura Ling's Captivity in North Korea
    For nearly five months, journalist Laura Ling was imprisoned in North Korea and spoke with CBS News Jan Crawford about her captivity and her sister, Lisa's fight for her freedom detailed in their new...

Laura Ling News

  • Laura Ling to host E! show

    Entertainment channel E! has hired Laura Ling, who was detained with a Current TV colleague in North Korea last year, to host hour-long series "E! Investigates" ...

  • Laura Ling – Discovery Communications, Inc.

    But woven into her triumphs are obstacles few her age have been forced to face, including years of domestic instability and gang violence. Seeker's Laura Ling ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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