Former Co-Hosts and Female TV Journalists Pay Tribute to Barbara Walters

The legacy of broadcast legend Barbara Walters has been celebrated all week long on ABC, leading up to her final episode of The View today. On Thursday, the ABC Daytime chatfest aired a reunion of all past and current co-hosts. Additionally, many of the iconic female broadcast journalists who followed Walters, from Connie Chung to Oprah, taped a segment to air today.

OWN Cancels Lisa Ling’s Documentary Series

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced Wednesday it's cancelling Our America With Lisa Ling. The docu-series will conclude following its upcoming fifth season.

Our America was one of OWN’s original unscripted series, debuting in February 2011. The program focused on life in America. In a released statement, OWN President Sheri Salata said:
Over the past three years, Our America has cast a bright light into dark places, raised awareness of some of our country’s most controversial issues and provided a voice to those who are often not heard.

OWN’s Lisa Ling Weighs in on Oprah’s Sit Down With The Kardashians

Not everyone is pleased about Oprah Winfrey airing a two-part interview with the Kardashians. OWN's Lisa Ling voiced her opinions on Reality TV's first family to Access Hollywood Live. Ling stated:

I had my issues with the Kardashians, absolutely. I think there’s so much wrong with how they are the most revered family in the country, but they are, nevertheless. So I get why Oprah wanted to interview them. I mean, they are icons in pop culture right now. 

 To see more of Ling's explanation watch the clip after the jump!

Lisa Ling “Devastated” by Lara Logan News

Former The View co-host and Oprah Winfrey Show contributor Lisa Ling sat down with Wendy Williams on February 16 to talk about her new show Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN. During the interview Williams asked Ling to weigh in on the tragic news that CBS journalist Lara Logan had been sexually assaulted by an angry Egyptian mob. Ling responded,
“We don’t know the circumstances yet, but when I first heard the story yesterday I was devastated. I have never met her, but she does incredible work and I wish her and her family well and hope that she comes back strong because her work is really unique. She’s a very courageous woman and I wish her well.

Watch  Ling talking about working for Oprah and a sneak peek at Our America with Lisa Ling after the jump!

Lisa Ling Hears From Sister Held in North Korea

Lisa Ling has finally heard from her sister Laura Ling, who is in prison in North Korea. In June Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years in a North Korean prison for illegally entering the country.  Lisa Ling revealed this is the first time she has spoken with her sister in weeks, in an interview with KOVR.
"It was only the first time I had heard her voice in weeks. ... I was so relieved but I feel so helpless," Lisa Ling, a CNN contributor, told affiliate KOVR in an interview Wednesday. "Because as an older sister, a best friend, a self-professed 'doer,' it's just difficult to know I cannot do anything to bring her home."
She said her sister "was very specific about the message that she was communicating, and she said, 'Look, we violated North Korean law and we need our government to help us. We are sorry about everything that has happened, but we need diplomacy.' "

Lisa Ling’s Sister Sentenced to 12 Years of Hard Labor

The New York Times is reporting that Euna Lee and Laura Ling –sister to former The View host Lisa Ling– has been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor  for "“committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry."  Diplomats had hoped that the journalists might be released as a gesture to ease the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Unfortunately, the sentence can not be appealed.
The North’s labor camps are notoriously brutal. International human rights groups and North Korean defectors say detainees are subjected to frequent beatings, hunger and inhumane workloads. Ms. Ling is said to suffer an ulcer, while Ms. Lee has a four-year-old daughter at home.