Lisa Ling Makes Stop In Tulsa

Friday, May 23rd 2008, 5:29 pm
By: News On 6

Lisa Ling's stories have taken her all over the world, but the Oprah correspondent and The View co-host found time on Friday to stop by Tulsa to give a speech on international news.

The News On 6's Jeffrey Smith sat down with Lisa Ling to hear her take on some important issues.

"My hope is that the audience sort of considers me a vehicle through which they can experience these other cultures," said Ling.

Ling has been an international reporter since she was 16-years-old. She's traveled everywhere from North Korea to Uganda and has risked her life to deliver the news.

"In Cambodia, where I was held up at gunpoint by rival bodyguards, having a 10-year-old boy hold up an RPG and point it at you, those are definitely surreal moments," said Ling.

Ling is best known for co-hosting The View, her National Geographic specials and as Oprah's news correspondent.

"She's even better in person. And what I mean by that is she's one of the most devoted people I've ever met in this business," said Ling.

Her most recent report was her exclusive access to the polygamist compound in Eldorado, Texas. Authorities last month removed more than 400 children from the ranch. On Thursday, a court ruled that they had no right to do that.

Ling agrees, but says the police acted in good faith.

"This is such a closed community and society and so in order to try and better understand it, Texas authorities had to extricate those kids," said Ling.

She says even though they're different, they're still human beings.

"Yes, their culture is very different. But that doesn't mean that they don't love their children. And it doesn't mean they don't miss their children severely," said Ling.

Ling says her job is to treat people with respect and just tell the story as fairly as you can.

Ling is currently working on a documentary that will air on CNN later this summer.