Laura Ling, 195th Commencement Speaker

Award winning journalist, and web and TV host to address Class of 2020.


Laura Ling will be the speaker for Cazenovia College’s 195th
Members of the Cazenovia College community are pleased to announce that Laura Ling will serve as the speaker for the College’s 195th Commencement set for Saturday, May 9.

Ling has dedicated herself to exposing the world to critical global issues, including slave labor in the Amazon, women’s rights in the Middle East, and the energy crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling’s personal story became international news after she and her colleague Euna Lee were captured by North Korean soldiers along the China-North Korea border.  After 140 days, former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea as a special envoy, leading to their release.  Ling documented her experience in the memoir, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, that she penned with her sister, Lisa.

She is the host of Conquered on Z Living Network, a series that profiles awe-inspiring people who have broken boundaries to achieve their goals.  Her purpose-driven programming for Discovery Communication’s digital network, Seeker, has amassed tens of millions of views online. 

Ling has also hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling which investigated topics including bullying and the rise of synthetic drugs.  Previously, as correspondent and Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department, Ling created the critically acclaimed investigative documentary series, Vanguard. 

Ling’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including an Emmy Award and a national Edward R. Murrow award. She was recently honored with a national Gracie Award, which recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women.

Ling has served as a producer for Channel One News and co-created Breaking it Down, a documentary series that aired on MTV. Her work has also appeared on ABC's Nightline, NBC, and PBS.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, May 9, 2020 – the day we will come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.