August 5, 2009
BURBANK — Two American journalists made an emotional return to American soil at Bob Hope Airport Wednesday morning after former President Bill Clinton secured their freedom in a rescue mission to communist North Korea. Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists for former Vice President Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV, sobbed as they stepped down from a chartered jet shortly after 6 a.m. to a swarm of international media broadcasting the images live across the world.
August 8, 2009
Either by luck or savvy business sense, Bob Hope Airport hit a wave of good news this week. First, American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee ? captured by North Koreans near the border with China ? were released during a visit to Pyongyang by former President Clinton, and where should they choose to fly back to with all the world watching? Burbank. Granted, it was a private charter organized to return to a private hangar, and Bob Hope Airport officials even conceded they had little to nothing to do with planning the event, but for 24 hours on the global media circuit, Burbank was inserted into just about every news lead.