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Laura Ling

Laura Ling

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

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.

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Laura Ling Videos

Laura Ling on Imprisonment in North Korea
Laura Ling Carthage College Commencement Address 2015
The Ritual That Helped Laura Ling Survive North Korea

How to book Laura Ling?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Laura Ling for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 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. 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 according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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.


Laura Ling is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Hosts & Emcees, News & Media and Influential Women. The estimated speaking fee range to book Laura Ling for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. 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 and Geena Rocero. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laura Ling for an upcoming event.

Laura Ling Videos

Laura Ling on Imprisonment in North Korea
Laura Ling Carthage College Commencement Address 2015
The Ritual That Helped Laura Ling Survive North Korea
Laura Ling's Captivity in North Korea

Laura Ling Reviews

  • Limitless Life By LiZ - Jul 29 2021

  • "Laura Ling is an outstanding advocate for service and change. We were honored to have her share her energy and optimism at our National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Laura's compelling story of losing her freedom while she was imprisoned in North Korea captured the imagination of the 5,000 civic leaders in audience. She offered a great reminder to us all of the importance of feeling grateful for the freedom we experience every day."
    Unknown - Oct 14 2015

  • We've appreciated all of your help in making this possible. We had a packed house tonight with about 330 attendees. Everyone loved hearing Laura speak, and those who had a chance to ask her questions or meet her were very happy about it as well. Logistically, everything went extremely smoothly. Laura was also very easy to work with, so we really appreciated her flexibility.
    USC - Mar 06 2014

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 News

  • 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 ...

  • 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" ...

How to book Laura Ling?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Laura Ling for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 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. 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 according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker 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.


Laura Ling is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Hosts & Emcees, News & Media and Influential Women. The estimated speaking fee range to book Laura Ling for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. 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 and Geena Rocero. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laura Ling for an upcoming event.

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