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Lingbing Hang is a native of Shanghai, China, where she earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism in Fudan University. Upon graduation, she was hired as a photographer by Wen Hui Daily, a major national newspaper with a daily circulation of 1,800,000. In 2001, the paper promoted her to Deputy Director of Photography Department.

While working at Wen Hui Daily, Lingbing covered a variety of assignments:
Yangtze River flooding in Mainland China in 1998; the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in China in 2002; her photo essay “Qiaojia Tang,” illustrated the survival of Chinese migrants from rural areas to metropolitan Shanghai from the early 21st century. She also covered the official state visits of President of United States Bill Clinton in 1998 and President George Bush in 1999.

In 2002, Wenhui-Xinmin United Media Group selected Lingbing to study Economics and Management at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. She was selected as a participant in the West Virginia Council of International Programs (CIP) in 2003. Assigned to work at the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, she contributed photographs to the documentary book, Cancer Stories: Lesson in Love, Loss & Hope, published in 2004 by the West Virginia University Press.

Lingbing returned to China and resumed her work with Wen Hui Daily. She shared her experiences and the journalism skills she learned in the United States with her colleagues in the newsroom.

In 2004, she was awarded a graduate assistantship from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at WVU and returned to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in journalism.

As a graduate student, she acted as a coordinator, photographer and multimedia journalist for the Reed School of Journalism’s Hurricane Katrina project "Starting Over: Loss and Renewal in Katrina's Aftermath," a multimedia Web site that explored and documented “the New Orleans evacuees who were temporarily found shelters in Camp Dawson, a military camp less than an hour's drive from the university.”

Lingbing worked for the Associated Press as a freelance photographer in 2006. She was a participant of the Associated Press workshop “Diverse Visions/Diverse Voices,” and she was also a 2006 Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute. She was a summer intern for the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, WV, in 2007. She earned her master’s in journalism in summer 2008.

Lingbing returned to China to work for the Shanghai Daily, an English-language newspaper, as a chief-photographer, and while there she covered the devastating Sichuan Earthquake in May 2008. Her photos and multimedia story of earthquake were published in the Shanghai Daily, and in the Charleston Gazette. In December 2008, Lingbing returned to West Virginia to pursue a photojournalist and multimedia journalist career.

Lingbing has also won a number of prestigious honors and awards. She was a member of the West Virginia University School of Journalism staff nominated as National Finalist of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award for Online In-depth Reporting for “Starting Over” in 2006. She has twice received the Outstanding Professional Female Award by the Chinese National Women’s Organization; won the Eastern China Press Association Award from 1998-2002 and the Shanghai Press Association Award from 1998-2000. In 1998, she took Second Place for Photo Package from the Chinese Press Association and in 1999 she won First Place for Breaking News Photo from the Eastern China Press Association. Lastly, she has been named one of the Top Ten Journalists of the Year by the Shanghai Press Association in 2001.

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