Journalists Laura & Lisa Ling to speak at April 2 fundraiser

On August 5, 2009 journalist Euna Lee and Laura Ling are freed from North Korean authorities and come home. Image courtesy of

Authors of “Somewhere Inside,” journalists Laura Ling and older sister Lisa Ling, will be speaking at the Strive for Strength retreat on April 2.

The Lings will be talking about their experiences and successes as American journalists, who grew up in Sacramento, with an emphasis on “informing, educating and empowering female participants.”

Lisa Ling is best known as a co-host on ABC’s “The View”, hosting “National Geographic Explorer,” reporting on “Channel One News” and being a special correspondent on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and CNN.

Laura Ling has worked for “Current TV” as a correspondent/vice president of the “Vanguard Journalism Unit” which also produces the Vanguard TV series. In June 2009 after crossing into North Korea illegally, Laura Ling and another journalist were sentenced to 12 years in a labor prison. She was pardoned and released a few months later after former President Bill Clinton intervened.

Adrienne Bankert from KCRA 3 will be emceeing the event, and youth speaker/positive role model Julie Marie Carrier will be speaking earlier in the day.

Journalists Lisa Ling, left, and her sister Laura Ling attend the Glamour Magazine 2009 Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

The event will be hosted by the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation (SASF)’s Strive for Strength Bel Air Wong Family Community Center located on 9040 High Tech Ct. in Elk Grove from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (check in is at 1:30 p.m.).

Advance tickets are $25 for students and seniors and $40 regular price, but need to be ordered by March 25. Tickets bought at the door will be $30 for students and seniors and $50 regular price.

To buy tickets and to find additional information go to or call 916-595-5999.