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Journalist Lisa Ling to Speak for Moms Weekend

ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2004) -- Ohio University Program Council (UPC) is happy to announce Lisa Ling as the headlining speaker for this year's Moms Weekend. Ling will speak at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30. The program is co-sponsored by the Association of Women in Communications, the College of Communications and International Student Union.

Ling is currently the host of National Geographic Ultimate Explorer, the flagship television series of National Geographic, which airs weekly on MSNBC. He role on the award-winning series takes her to exotic locations around the world to "cover the world and all that's in it," a directive from one of National Geographic's founders, Alexander Graham Bell.

Prior to her current position, Ling brought her perspective on the world to millions of Americans as a co-host of ABC's popular talk and entertainment program, "The View." Ling sat alongside Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar, and gave the "twenty-something take" with a dose of modern-age philosophy as the five women discussed relevant, everyday issues and shared their daily no-holds-barred opinions and lively colorful conversations.

Ling has been working in television for over 12 years. At age 16, the Northern California native auditioned for and was chosen to be one of four hosts of "Scratch," a nationally syndicated teen magazine show out of Sacramento. By the time she was 18, Ling had moved on to become one of the youngest reporters for Channel One News, the network seen in middle and high schools across the country. Despite working more than 40 hours a week, she also attended the University of Southern California. Before the age of 25, Ling became Channel One's senior war correspondent.

One of Ling's main goals in life is for young people to begin to recognize their responsibility in this world, as they will be our future leaders.

Reserved tickets for the program are $6 for student and $9 for others, and will be available beginning on Thursday, April 22, 2004, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium box office. The box office phone number is (740) 593-1780, and is open from noon-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

University Program Council regularly presents films, special events, lectures, concerts and comedians on Ohio University's campus. The group, an arm of the Office of Student Activities, is always looking for more members and input on its programs. Please call (740) 593-4060 with questions or comments or if you are interested in becoming involved.

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Media Contact: UPC Public Relations Director Lee Freedman, (740) 593-4171 or (740) 589-4333 or freedman@ohio.edu

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