Born: Aug. 30, 1973
Known for: Lisa Ling, who grew up in Carmichael, is a television journalist who has been a co-host on ABC's "The View" and is a special correspondent on "The "Oprah Winfrey Show."
Background: A Del Campo High School graduate, Ling was 16 when she was picked to be a host of "Scratch," a syndicated TV show for teens made in Sacramento. Two years later, she was a reporter for Channel One, a network broadcast in middle and high schools. By 25, Ling was Channel One's senior war correspondent. She reported from dozens of countries and produced eight documentaries for PBS. In 1999, she joined the "The View" morning talk show led by Barbara Walters. She left the show in 2002 to become host of National Geographic's series "Explorer," where she reported on issues as varied as a drug war in Colombia and female suicide bombers in Chechnya. She also conducts investigative reports for the "Oprah" show, including follow-ups on Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech shootings.
A highlight: In April 2001, she completed running the Boston Marathon with a time of 4:34 while raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer.
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