ST. PETERSBURG — She was a co-host of television's The View. She is a field correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a contributor to National Geographic's Explorer, ABC's Nightline and CNN's Planet in Peril.
And on Feb. 11, journalist Lisa Ling will be in St. Petersburg to speak at the annual To Life dinner, a benefit for the Florida Holocaust Museum.
Ling has reported about AIDS orphans in Uganda, bride burning in India, gang rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, drug wars in Colombia, female suicide bombers in Chechnya and the one-child policy in China.
The evening's theme will be "Shining Light on a Better World."
Ling's sister, Laura Ling, and Euna Lee, also journalists, were captured in March by North Korean border guards as they reported a story about refugees migrating to China. They were released in August.
The Holocaust Museum is a "strong proponent of human rights," executive director Carolyn Bass said. "At the museum, we use the Holocaust as a springboard to talk about other genocides and human rights issues."
In recent years, the dinner has been a formal meal held in Tampa's A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. Previous speakers have included former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBC news anchor Ann Curry and actor Jon Voight.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction in the lobby of the Mahaffey Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Arts. Ling's address will begin about 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person.
For reservations, please call (727) 820-0100, ext. 251.