Lisa Ling is an American journalist and writer, best known for her role as host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, former co-host of ABC’s The View (from 1999–2002), host of National Geographic Explorer, reporter on Channel One News, and special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. She was the host of reality television show, The Job.
At 16 she was selected to host a national student newsmagazine and by 25 was a senior war correspondent, traveling to more than two dozen countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. She has won several awards for her reporting and documentaries. She takes an in-depth look at some of the most controversial and thought-provoking issues in society today.
She was responsible for proposing segments like investing for women, and, according to Ling, her goal was to say one thing each day that would make people think, whether it made them cheer or made them throw things at their TV. She drew both fire and praise for her comments after the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which she said, “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.?”