Acclaimed Journalist Lisa Ling to Speak at Southeast Sept. 20


by News Bureau on Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2011


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 6, 2011 – Acclaimed “Oprah Winfrey Show” and National Geographic journalist Lisa Ling will speak at Southeast Missouri State University Sept. 20 as part of the 2011-2012 University Speaker Series.

The event, titled “Open Heart, Open Mind,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. The talk is open to the public. Ling will share her experiences as a reporter, war correspondent and TV host, using her role as a journalist to focus on positive social change. She will discuss her own career path in her explanation of how journalism plays an important role in the world around us, and how, as times continue to change, it can be a force for propelling the world forward in new and positive ways.

Tickets are required for entry and will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 22. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at, Ticketmaster outlets, or to avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased at the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawk ID to pick up free tickets in University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.

Ling is the co-executive producer and host of “Our America” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and the field correspondent for “The Oprah Show.”

As a former field correspondent for the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and former contributor to ABC News’ “Nightline” and National Geographic’s “Explorer,” Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and many other often ignored topics.

Ling was the first female host of National Geographic’s Explorer series where she investigated the deadly MS-13 gang, went undercover inside North Korea and explored the drug war in South America.

She began her journalism career as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at the age of 21. She went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show “The View,” which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.

Ling was a special correspondent for CNN’s “Planet in Peril” series and is a contributing editor for USA Today’s “USA Weekend” magazine. She is the co-author of “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood,” and “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home” that she wrote with her sister Laura.