This is my last week at Mancouch and I want to reclaim some of myself for the stupid blogs I have written.
I'd like to not showcase, rather honor, one brave woman named Lisa Ling
. She's a journalist who has covered some pretty incredible stories. By the time she was at the tender age of 18, she was already an newscaster for Channel One News. At one point she was also a host of The View
and a special investigator for Oprah Winfrey. In 2011, she will have her own documentary styled show on Winfrey's television channel titled Inside with Lisa Ling
Ling has worked as the host of National Geographic Explorer
. As the host, she has investigated MS-13, the most dangerous gang in the world, where she bravely walked into a prison in South America filled with incarcerated gang members who potentially could have killed her. Yes, they have that much power. In Columbia, she and the Nat Geo
team went deep into the jungles risking life and limb with a Colombian anti-drug squad to document the authorities war on drugs up close, with fire ball explosions to boot.
Needless to say, she globe trots quite often and accordingly went around the world with the NGE
investigating methamphetamine, the most dangerous in the world. In China, she covered the effects of that country's one child policy and the heartbreaking stories of China's Lost Girls, who are literally discarded, aborted by government mandate or on rare occasion given to adoptive parents around the world.
But to me, her finest moment came when she and the NGE
team went deep undercover as missionaries, along with a hero in his own right Dr. Ruit
, into North Korea to show the world what it's like under the oppressive regime of Kim Jong Il. (Her sister Laura Ling and friend Euna Lee also made a dangerous trip into North Korea resulting in their imprisonment. They were later freed with the help of Former Pres. Clinton.)
If you have Netflix, or feel like spending money on quality real life drama and journalism you can check out off of her Explorer
episodes. They won't be a waste by any means.
All I can say is Bravo, Lisa! Bravo! Go get them!Who are some other heroes, male or female, that deserve recognition?