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Reporter Laura Ling names baby after Bill Clinton

Laura Ling, an American journalist arrested in ...

Laura Ling, an American journalist arrested in March after allegedly crossing into North Korea from China, gets emotional as she reads a statement after she and fellow journalist Euna Lee arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., Aug. 5, 2009. Former President Bill Clinton listens.


June 3, 2010

[Yahoo]  Bill Clinton’s redemption is complete. Nearly a year after the former president negotiated the release of two Current TV reporters in North Korea, one of them, Laura Ling, has honored Clinton by naming her new baby after him.

According to People’s Cynthia Wang, Ling gave birth to a girl, Li Jefferson Clayton, on Wednesday night in Burbank, Calif. (The father is Ling’s husband, financial analyst Iain Clayton.) The baby’s first name, Li, is a nod to Ling’s sister Lisa, a former co-host of “The View,” and Jefferson is Clinton’s middle name.

Ling, along with her colleague Euna Lee, was detained for five months last year after the North Korean military arrested them as they were reporting along the country’s border with China. Accused of spying and illegally crossing the border, the women were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a government detention camp, but last August, Clinton negotiated their release.

ing is still tight with the former prez, telling People that Clinton had followed up with her. “He has checked in on me several times to see how I’m doing and has been so concerned and caring, ” Ling said. “He’s such a wonderful human being.”


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