News Anchor and Reporter
Saturday, July 21, 1:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Vargas is co-anchor of ABC News' 20/20. As an award-winning anchor and correspondent, Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she anchored World News Tonight from Baghdad. She anchored for both World News Tonight and 20/20 from the U.S. Gulf Coast, covering Hurricane Katrina's devastation.
Vargas has also anchored ABC News coverage of live, breaking news stories including the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, Jr. She won an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case. The New York Times credited Vargas in November 2004 as reinvigorating the newsmagazine format with her "intellectually brave" reporting of an examination of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young man whose murder gained national attention as an anti-gay crime.
In 2002, Vargas was the narrator of the four-part, award-winning ABC News documentary series ICU, which provided a unique look at life inside one of the nation's elite pediatric cardiology intensive care units. She has also been involved in ABC's Children First Program, participating in a Children First Safety Special and in ABC March against Drugs.
Vargas was previously the anchor of World News Tonight Sunday and was also a frequent substitute anchor on Good Morning America. Previously a correspondent for 20/20 and Primetime Thursday and a co-anchor of Primetime Monday, Vargas joined ABC News from NBC News, where she was a correspondent and anchor, primarily for Dateline NBC and The Today Show.