Diane Sawyer Reached Out to Lisa Ling During Crisis
09/04/2009 AT 08:15 AM EDT
"Finally!" writes Ling, 36, on Oprah.com, the Web site of Oprah Winfrey.
But Ling's elation isn't only professional, it's personal. "Recently, during my sister's detainment, Diane not only reached out, but took time out of her chaotic schedule to help our family," says Ling. "She made calls and took meetings on our behalf for which we will be forever grateful."
Tracking her relationship with Sawyer, 63, Ling says the two met about 10 years ago, when the younger journalist was starting out and encountering other "high-profile news talents [who] were less than cordial. I won't name names, but as a young reporter I recall a number of reporters treating me terribly dismissively."
Not so Sawyer. "She was kind, gracious and, most importantly, she treated me with respect," says Ling. "I have never forgotten it."