Los Angeles, CA – E! Entertainment announced that journalist and author Laura Ling will host the network’s investigative documentary series E! Investigates. In each episode of the one-hour series, Ling will delve deep into one of today’s most important and controversial topics, stories and trends that are often overlooked or misrepresented in the media. Ling will approach each topic with her signature in-depth analytical style and through her extensive interviews will capture the real stories and truths behind the headlines. In her first episodes as host of E! Investigates, Ling will explore the shocking rise of teenage suicides in the US and the troubling stories and secret realities of military wives. These two new episodes of E! Investigates premiere respectively on December 8 at 10pmET/PT and December 15 at 10pmET/PT on E! Ling recently served as vice president of Current TV’s journalism department and created Current’s weekly investigative documentary series Vanguard. In this role, she reported on crucial issues from around the world, including slave labor in the Brazilian Amazon, Mexico ’s drug war, internet censorship in China and women’s rights in Turkey . In March 2009, while reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days before being granted a special pardon and returning to the US. She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world.