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Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling is an American writer and journalist. Lisa Ling is famous for her show Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Early life

On August 30, 1973, Lisa Ling was born in Sacramento, California, the United States. As of now, she is 50 years old and has Virgo as her zodiac sign. She was born to her father Doug Ling and her mother Mary Ling.

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Caption: Lisa Ling with her mother and sister. Source: Instagram

When she was 7 and her sister was 4, their parents divorced. Additionally, she has a sister named Laura Ling.


Talking about her education, she went to Del Campo High School. Later, she graduated from the University of Southern California.

Lisa Ling – Net Worth 2023

Lisa Ling is a famous journalist who has been featured in a number of shows. Similarly, she has earned that sum of money from her professional career. The estimated net worth of Lisa is $10 million.

Personal Life

On May 26, 2007, Lisa Ling was married to Paul Song, a radiation oncologist. They made an announcement on Andersi Copper’s show that they are expecting their 1st child, in October 2012.

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Caption: Lisa Ling with her family. Source: Instagram

Later, they were blessed with children named Ray Ling Song and Jett Ling Song. As of now, the couple is living a happy life and there is no case or issue of separation.

Professional life

Lisa Ling was chosen as one of the four hosts of Scratch, a nationally syndicated teen magazine show. Later, she joined Channel One News as one of their youngest reporters and anchors, at 18.

She portrayed the role of a war correspondent, including assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. On August 2, 1999, she joined The View, after beating out a reported 12,000 hopefuls who had auditioned. Unfortunately, she left the show after three and a half years towards the end of 2002.

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Caption: Lisa Ling during an event. Source: Instagram

In addition, she drew both fire and praise for her comments after the September 11, 2001 attacks. She stated, “What happened to the United States was a catastrophic event and the worst terrorist attack in human history.

Yet maybe before we seek revenge, we should ask the question – why should anyone want to make such an attack on the U.S.?” Moving on, she was offered to host National Geographic Ultimate Explorer. The show moved to the National Geographic Channel and returned to its original name, National Geographic Explorer, in 2005.

Moving on, she covered the drug war in Colombia and investigated the notorious MS-13 gang. She also explored the culture of U.S. prisons. To North Korea, she was allowed to travel as part of a medical missionary group, Also, she and a film team were able to document a rare look into North Korea. Later, she became a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show.

More About Career

Likewise, she was given the title “Oprah Show Investigative Reporter.” CNN’s award-winning documentary Planet in Peril featured Ling in the series’ second instalment, called “Battlelines”, in December 2008.

She tracked excessive shark fishing in Costa Rica, and elephant poaching in Chad, as a correspondent. Therefore, she co-founded the website, in 2010. The website is a forum for women to share their problems anonymously.

Later on, CNN announced that Ling would host a documentary series titled, This is Life with Lisa Ling, On April 14, 2014.  Unfortunately, the series was canceled after then-CNN CEO Chris Licht discontinued the CNN Original Series, in November 2022.

There was an announcement that she had signed an overall deal with HBO’s streaming service HBO Max, on October 22, 2019. Later, HBO Max ordered Ling’s six-part documentary series titled Take Out, on April 22, 2021.

Recently, it was announced that she was hired as a contributor for CBS News, on May 31, 2023. It was for reporting in-depth stories for its programs including CBS News Sunday Morning.

Social Media

Lisa Ling is active on her Instagram account with 272k followers and on Facebook with 155k followers. Similarly, on her Twitter account named @Lisaling, she has 215.5k followers.

Lisa Ling – Body Measurements

Lisa Ling is very pretty and stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 52 kg. Likewise, she has body measurements of 32-24-33 inches respectively. She has both black hair and eyes and a shoe size of 7 US.