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Journalist Lisa Ling visits Waikiki school

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HONOLULU (KHNL) - Students at an Oahu school Thursday received a special visitor.

And she's a woman who barely stays in one place for long.

But journalist Lisa Ling wouldn't have it any other way.

"I encourage you to explore the opportunity to try and travel because it not only makes you smarter, it makes you a more well rounded person. And ultimately it makes you more human," Ling told the student body of La Pietra School.

If there's one thing Ling is an expert at - it's traveling.

Pick a place on the globe and the national geographic correspondent has likely been there.

This weekend she's here on Oahu to speak at the annual women's conference "HerStory."

But first she stopped by La Pietra School.

"I really relish the opportunity to try impart the stories and experiences I've had to young girls because when young kids get the opportunity to travel - if they actually go for it - it is truly transformative and it just turns your life upside down in a good way," Ling told KHNL News 8.

And her message came across loud and clear to these students.

"I'm just so excited because she talks about world travel and it just makes me want to go out and see everything she's seen. So she really set the standard," said La Pietra junior Melissa Freeman.

And that standard and Ling's work ethic landed her a regular gig as a special correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

"One of the great things about working for the Oprah show and the way she sees me actually is sort of the eyes and ears to the world and things that are happening, so it's been such and honor to not only work for a woman, but a show that seeks to elevate humanity," she said.

It's no secret that Oprah is a huge supporter of Barack Obama.

And Ling says she's also looking forward to his time in the White House.

"I do believe he is an extraordinary man and his election is a testament to the fact that our country and this whole world is so hungry for positive strong leadership," said Ling.

La Pietra School, by the way, is where Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng teaches.

As for Ling, she heads to Nigeria next for a project with CNN.

But on Friday she'll be the keynote speaker at the daylong "HerStory" conference at the Sheraton Waikiki.

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