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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 Emmy award-winning journalist and author. She’s reported from dozens of countries around the world for outlets including Discovery, the E Network, PBS, and Current TV to name just a few. She is currently the head of programming for Hearst Television’s streaming video service. As an international correspondent, Ling has reported on issues including women’s rights in the Middle East, Internet Censorship in China, and Slave Labor in the Amazon. More recently, her work has focused on stories that inspire and heal the human spirit. She’s the host of the Discovery mini-documentary series "The Power of Kindness" that looks at the scientific roots and benefits of being kind. She’s also the host of "Everyday Bravery," a podcast about overcoming life’s biggest challenges.

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.

An inspiring survivor and symbol of resilience, Ling offers fascinating insights into her role as a journalist, the importance of exposing the world to critical global issues, and what she learned during her time in one of the world’s most recluse countries.

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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 Videos

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

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How much does it cost to book Laura Ling for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for Laura Ling, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Laura Ling are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Laura Ling, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Laura Ling speak about?

Laura Ling is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Hosts & Emcees, News & Media, Entertainers, Influential Women, Inspirational, College, Editing, Sports Journalism & Broadcasting, Diversity, Celebrity, Authors, Women, Asian & Pacific Heritage, Commencement, Social Justice, Culture, Social Activism, Government, World Affairs, Political, Motivational, Overcoming Adversity, Civil Rights, Female Leadership, Women's History Month, Business, Leadership, Business Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Entertainment.

Where does Laura Ling travel from?

Laura Ling generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Laura Ling?

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Laura Ling is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Hosts & Emcees, News & Media and Entertainers. The estimated speaking fee range to book Laura Ling for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, 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 Amelia Rose Earhart. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laura Ling for an upcoming event.

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 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

  • Capri Holdings - May 14 2024

  • California State University, Sacramento - Mar 06 2023

  • Laura Ling was amazing! She was wonderful to work with and engaging with our audience. Her story and presentation were captivating as well as connected to our own mission. We had such a tremendous response – I recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent speaker.
    Chrysalis Foundation for Women and Girls - Oct 17 2022

  • Deloitte Services LP - Jun 07 2022

  • TPG - May 18 2022

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" ...

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