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Lisa Ling

Chinese: 凌志慧 (Lisa), Chinese: 凌志慧 (Lisa)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Private
Wife of Private
Sister of Laura G. Ling

Occupation: Journalist
Managed by: Erica Howton
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    • Private
    • Private
    • Private
    • sister

About Lisa Ling

Lisa J. Ling (born August 30, 1973) is an American journalist, television presenter, and author. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.


Ling was born in Sacramento, California. Her mother, Mary Mei-yan (née Wang), is a Taiwanese immigrant from Tainan, Taiwan, and formerly served as the head of the Los Angeles office of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs. Ling's father, Chung Teh "Douglas" Ling, is a Chinese immigrant, born in Hong Kong in 1937.[5] Her paternal grandmother was born on Labaun, Singapore.

Her paternal grandfather, who was from Guangzhou, Guangdong, was one of the first Chinese students allowed to study in the United States in the 1930s. He received his graduate degree from New York University and an M.B.A degree from University of Colorado. He struggled to find a job in the United States and eventually opened the first Chinese restaurant in Folsom, California.

Ling's parents divorced when she was seven years old. Following the divorce, she and her sister were raised in Carmichael, California, a city outside of Sacramento, by their father.

On January 3, 2007, Ling announced her engagement to radiation oncologist Paul Song. They married on May 26, 2007, in Los Angeles, California.

In October 2012 Ling announced on Anderson Cooper's talk show that she and her husband were expecting their first child, a baby girl. She gave birth to a daughter named Jett Ling Song on March 8, 2013. She gave birth to a second child, a daughter named Ray Ling Song on June 6, 2016.

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Lisa Ling's Timeline

August 30, 1973