Archive for April, 2011

Laura and Lisa Ling at Library Event

Monday, April 18th, 2011
Library Associates joined members of the Chancellor’s Circle at the Powell Library for a very special author event on Saturday (April 16, 2011).  The attentive audience was captivated by Laura Ling’s story of her 140-day captivity by the North Koreans and of Lisa’s efforts to bring her home.  Their book, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, details their relationship and fight for freedom.

Laura tells of her captivity.

Lisa majored in history at USC and began her career at 16 when chosen as one of the four hosts of Scratch, a national-syndicated teen magazine show based in Sacramento.  At 18, she joined Channel One News and went on to become co-host of ABC’s The View.  She has been a contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer and is currently the co-executive producer and host of
Lisa and Laura Ling at the event with the University Librarian

Our America on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Lisa and her husband, Paul, are building the first carbon-neutral home in Santa Monica.

Laura received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UCLA and went on to co-create Breaking It Down, a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001.  After being a series producer for Channel One News, she joined Current TV’s journalism department as Vice President and created the investigative documentary series Vanguard.  Currently Laura is host and reporter on the documentary series E! Investigates.  Laura and her husband, Iain, are the parents of a 10-month old daughter.
Their presentation offered us a glimpse into how their bond as sisters gave them the courage and determination to make it through Laura’s 140-day captivity and ultimately gain her release.