Laura Ling Biography and Wiki
Laura Ling is an American award-winning journalist and writer. Currently, she works as a Creative Executive for Happs and producer at Amazeling Inc. Laura was a correspondent for Current TV and the vice president of the Vanguard Journalism Unit, which launched the Vanguard TV series. She was the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network. Previously, Laura served at Discovery Digital Networks as its Director of Development.
Laura was selected as one of Glamour’s Women of the Year in 2009. Ling earned the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2011, an Emmy Award for SoCal Connected in 2014, and an Edward R. Murrow Award (Radio Television Digital News Association). She was named to the San Juan Education Foundation Hall of Fame in 2012.
Laura won a Gracie Award for her efforts as the Director of Development and Correspondent for Discovery Digital Networks in 2016. Vanguard received many honors when she was vice president, including a Peabody Award, two Emmy nominations, a Prism Award, and an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.
Laura Ling Age, How Old Is Laura
Ling is 44 years old as of 2021. She was born on December 1, 1976, in Carmichael, California, in the United States. Ling celebrates her birthday on the 1st of December every year.
Laura Ling Height
Ling stands at a height of 5 feet and 9 inches tall.
Laura Ling Family and Sister
Laura was born in Carmichael, California to her parents Mary Mei-yan (née Wang) and Chung Teh “Douglas” Ling. Her father is a Chinese immigrant and her mother is a Taiwanese immigrant from Tainan, Taiwan. She has an older sister named Lisa Ling, a journalist. Laura’s parents divorced when she was four years old. Following the divorce, she and her sister were raised by their father in Sacramento, California.
Laura Ling Education
Laura attended and graduated from Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California. She earned her communications degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. While at UCLA, Ling was a student analyst for the Center for Communication Policy. She worked on the Violence Assessment Project studying television programs.
Laura Ling Husband and Kids
Laura is married to her husband Iain Clayton, a financial analyst. The couple has two kids; a daughter and a son. Laura and Clayton welcomed their first child, Li Jefferson, on June 3, 2010. The couple named their daughter after Laura’s sister, Lisa, and former President Bill Clinton, whose middle name is Jefferson. She and her husband welcomed a son, Kai, on December 18, 2013.
Laura Ling Wikipedia
Ling began her journalism career as a correspondent for KCET’s SoCal Connected and a producer for Channel One News. She co-created Breaking It Down, an MTV documentary series that aired from 1999 to 2001. Following that, Ling joined Current TV, where she covered subjects such as shantytowns in Sao Paulo, gangs and homeless youths in Los Angeles, and underground churches in China, as well as issues in Cuba, Indonesia, the Philippines, Turkey, the West Bank, and the Amazon River.
Before her detention, Laura had covered the Mexican drug war, and Ling was working undercover on a documentary about North Korean defectors, mostly women, and the dangers they faced once they crossed the Chinese border at the Tumen River, such as forced marriages and trafficking, deportation, and being labeled a criminal.
Laura hosted the show E! Investigates, a one-hour news show that aired on December 8, 2010, on the E! Network. The show aimed toward a younger demographic and specialized in pop culture. Society X with Laura Ling, her second show on E!, premiered on October 3, 2013. Ling also hosted a news program on KCET that focused on local news in Los Angeles and aired every night. In addition to Nightline, NBC, PBS, and The WB (now The CW), Ling has worked on programs for Nightline, NBC, PBS, and The WB (now The CW).
Ling collaborated with The ONE Campaign to create the documentary How Africa is Hacking Its Energy Crisis, which was released on the Seeker Stories YouTube channel in 2015. She also developed and covered Rituals with Laura Ling posted to the Seeker Stories YouTube channel.
Laura Ling North Korea Detention
North Korea declared in the last week of March 2009 that two American journalists had been detained and would be prosecuted and tried for illegally entering the country. On May 3, 2009, it was revealed that Ling and colleague journalist Euna Lee had been jailed after trying to film refugees near the Chinese border. They were convicted to a 12-year labor jail term in June 2009 for illegal entrance into North Korea and alleged hostile activities.
It was dubbed a “show trial” by many in the media. Prior to their release in August 2009, the US administration made diplomatic attempts to overturn the sentence. Lisa Ling testified that her sister and Lee had no intention of crossing into North Korea when they left the United States. She also mentioned that her sister had to go to the doctor since she had an ulcer.
Diplomatic envoys were considered possible in the negotiations for Ling and Lee’s release. Several envoys were considered, including New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and finally former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually accepted as an envoy by the North Koreans. Following an unannounced visit to North Korea by Bill Clinton on August 4, 2009, Ling and Lee were pardoned and returned to the United States.
Laura Ling Book
Two sisters, Lisa and Laura Ling have collaborated to author their book titled, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home. The book was published in May 2010 and elaborates how Laura and her colleague were jailed in North Korea.
Laura Ling Nationality
She was born in Carmichael, California, the USA. Her parents are immigrants from Taiwan and China. Therefore, Laura holds American nationality and belongs to Taiwanese-Chinese ethnicity.
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Laura Ling Salary
Ms.Laura earns an estimated annual salary of $100,000 working for Happs as a Creative Executive.
Laura Ling Net Worth
Laura has an estimated net worth of $1 million dollars earned from her working as a journalist and writer.