Award-winning investigative reporter and author Laura Ling will visit Illinois State University and share her experiences of being held in captivity in North Korea.

Ling is the speaker for Asian Cultural Dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. Tickets for the event, which is organized by University Housing Services, went on sale April 17.

Those attending will enjoy an Asian-style buffet. Tickets are $15 for current faculty, staff and students without a meal plan, and $18.93 (tax included in price) for the public. Students with meal plans can use one meal swipe. Tickets are available until April 25 at Linkins and Watterson dining centers and must be purchased in advance.

Ling is the host and reporter on E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network. She has previously served as vice president of Current TV’s journalism department and created Current’s weekly investigative documentary series, Vanguard. Ling has also worked as a correspondent, reporting on crucial issues from around the world including slave labor in the Amazon, Mexico’s drug war and Internet censorship in China.

While reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women in March 2009, Ling and her colleague, Euna Lee, were detained and held captive in North Korea for 140 days. Ling is co-author of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Lisa.

The Asian Cultural Dinner is co-sponsored by Illinois State University’s Campus Dining Services, the Association of Residence Halls, Diversity Advocacy, East Unity and Hewett-Manchester Student Association.

For more information or special accommodations, visit, or call (309) 438-8611.