Commentary: Lisa Ling speaks on sister's trauma in North Korea

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lisa Ling has been on an upward trajectory since shooting out of Del Campo High School with a passion for journalism.

A former co-host of ABC's "The View," Lisa's report on homelessness for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" focused national attention on a tent city near the American River last spring. It figured. Since leaving Carmichael, Lisa became a journalist and celebrity gliding easily between both worlds.

Now she is a part of a story of her lifetime, but not of her choosing. Instead of Lisa controlling the story, it controls her.

Lisa's younger sister Laura, also a journalist, has been imprisoned by North Korea since March 17. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were on assignment for San Francisco-based Current TV when they were detained by North Korean authorities on the Chinese-North Korean border.

On June 8, Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, were convicted of a "grave crime" and sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp.

"It's devastating," said Lisa Ling in a telephone interview Tuesday — her first with local media. "With each passing day, it becomes harder and harder."

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