The award-winning journalist will start as an employee this summer
Lisa Ling embarks on a new adventure.
The longtime journalist brings her reporting prowess to CBS News as a contributor starting this summer, where she will cover a wide variety of topics across CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
“Over the years, there are so many stories I’ve come across that maybe didn’t warrant a very long hour,” she tells PEOPLE. “And so the opportunity to do these shorter pieces is really exciting, because you know, the people I want to show, their stories are worth telling, however long we have to tell the story.”
Expect the profound impact of technology on humanity to be a theme Ling delves into. Technological innovation continues to accelerate at a breakneck pace, exploring artificial intelligence to create art, music, and possibly even write TV and movies — an issue at the heart of the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike.
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“It sounds like a really big broad topic, but I think it really allows me to delve into so many of the sorts of micro-issues around this area: the impact of technology on children’s behavioral health on our workforce, on the future of entertainment and media .”
Ling’s move to CBS News comes five months after CNN aired the last two episodes of This is life with Lisa Ling, which was a victim of the cable news network’s broader cutbacks. Over the course of nine seasons, the documentary series explored topics such as the shifting boundaries surrounding modern love, America’s epidemic of alcoholism, and mental illness in Ling’s hometown of Los Angeles. The journalist also toured the US for the HBO Max original series Takeawaywhere she explored different Asian-American communities and cuisines.
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Ling has also covered the civil war in Afghanistan for Channel One News, where she got her start, before landing a coveted spot as co-host on The view. She traveled to North Korea as a correspondent for National Geographic to break open the country’s closed, authoritarian society. As the host and executive producer for the OWN show Our America, Ling challenged viewers to understand different perspectives by exposing the lives of people in different communities.
“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years,” she says. “I consider my work to be very experiential. … It has never been more important to have this kind of truly human-centered reporting.”
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At CBS News, Ling will be encouraged to provide more of her trademark reporting.
“Lisa delivers some of the most authentic, human and revealing interviews because of the way she entrenches herself in communities and the people she treats,” CBS News president and CBS co-head Khemlani said in a statement. “It gives her and us the chance to convey the heartbeat of the country and the world in a more experiential way.”
The historical significance of CBS News, which has won numerous awards for its journalism over the decades, has not escaped Ling’s notice.
“This is the house of [Walter] Cronkite and where Connie Chung anchored the evening news,” she explains. “So it’s an honor for me to wear the cloak.”
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