Lisa Ling Net Worth – 2022

Lisa Ling

Net Worth $12 Million
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
Profession Journalist, TV Journalist, TV Personality, Talk show host, Television producer, Actor, Writer, Screenwriter
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1973-08-30
Nationality United States of America

Lisa Ling Net Worth:

$12 Million

How much is Lisa Ling Net worth?

American journalist and author Lisa Ling has a net worth of $12 million. Today, she is best known as the anchor of CNN’s “This Is Life with Lisa Ling,” although she formerly worked as a reporter for Channel One News and co-hosted various ABC shows. Co-host of “National Geographic Explorer” was her most prominent post at ABC. She has also served as a special reporter for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and presented “Our America with Lisa Ling” on the OWN.

Lisa and her sister launched their new book, “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home,” in 2019. This book described the second sister’s arrest in North Korea after she entered the country from China in order to report on an alleged sex trade using defecting North Korean women. National University conferred an honorary doctorate on Lisa Ling in 2009. Lisa’s documentaries on women’s concerns are many, and she characterizes herself as a “die-hard feminist.”

Early Years

Lisa J. Ling was born in Sacramento, California on August 30, 1973. Lisa and her sister were raised mostly in Carmichael, California, by Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants who finally divorced when they were seven years old. In her adolescence, Ling admired the renowned Asian-American journalist Connie Chung. In 1991, after completing high school in Fair Oaks, Ling enrolled in the University of Southern California. However, she did not complete her degree and instead pursued a career in journalism.


Lisa began her career in journalism at a very young age. As a teenager, she presented the show “Scratch,” which centered on teen concerns and entertainment. At the age of 18, she became one of Channel News One’s youngest-ever reporters and anchors. During this time, she was deployed on missions to Iraq and Afghanistan and earned several honors for her efforts to journalism, which included various films.

She succeeded Debbie Matenopolous on “The View” in 1999. 12,000 more candidates applied for the position. Then, she departed the program to devote more time to overseas reporting. This led her to a position as the new host of “National Geographic Ultimate Explorer,” later renamed “National Geographic Explorer,” on the National Geographic Channel. During her tenure with the channel, Lisa covered a variety of issues, including Colombia’s drug war, the inner workings of North Korea, and many more.

During this time, she also established a good rapport with “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as an investigative journalist. This led her to stories about bride burning, gang rapes, child soldiers, puppy mills, and international child trafficking. In the United States, she also reported on Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech Massacre.

In 2008, Lisa began contributing to the CNN documentary “Planet in Peril” after switching to CNN. During this period, she reported on shark fishing, elephant poaching, and the Nigerian oil business. On the Oprah Winfrey Network, she launched her own program titled “Our America with Lisa Ling” in 2011, which aired for five seasons.

At this time, Lisa’s younger sister Laura (also a journalist) illegally entered North Korea and was apprehended by North Korean officials. At the time of their arrest, Laura and a colleague were filming at the North Korean border for a documentary about refugees in China. Later, they stated that they did not want to enter North Korean territory and that they did so by mistake.

Despite being initially condemned to 12 years in a North Korean work camp, Laura was evidently treated with genuine decency. However, this punishment was reportedly reduced once North Korean officials found that Laura had a medical issue. Lisa was essential in securing Laura’s release, and in 2009, former President Bill Clinton visited North Korea and facilitated Laura’s exoneration.

Laura and Lisa cooperated on a new book titled “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home” after this extraordinary event. Eventually, the book was released in 2010.

She rejoined CNN in 2014, this time as the anchor of a new documentary series titled “This is Life with Lisa Ling.”

Ling secured a contract with HBO Max for many projects in 2019, the first of which was the documentary “Birth, Wedding, Funeral.” In 2021, HBO Max approved “Take Out,” a new documentary series by Ling. This series was said to center on Asian takeaway eateries around the United States.


Ling made contentious remarks regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks during her stint on “The View.” She remarked, “Before we seek retaliation, we should consider why somebody would want to launch such an attack on the United States.”


Lisa’s first significant engagement was with former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine, whom she met through mutual acquaintances in 2004. He was not the mayor at the time. They were engaged in 2005, but Lisa ultimately put off the wedding, citing her hectic schedule, in 2005. Two years later, she became engaged to oncologist Paul Song, and in 2007, they were married. She then revealed in 2012 that she was expecting her first child, and she gave birth in 2013. The couple brought a second kid into the world in 2016.

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