Elizabeth Vargas

Television Journalist
Born Sep 6, 1962

Elizabeth Vargas is an American television journalist who is anchor of ABC's television newsmagazine 20/20 and ABC News Specials. She was previously an anchor of World News Tonight.

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1962 Birth Born on September 6, 1962.


1993 30 Years Old After four years at Chicago's WBBM, Vargas jumped to NBC News in 1993 as a correspondent for Dateline NBC and a sub anchor for Today.
1996 33 Years Old In June 1996, she joined Good Morning America as the newsreader and Joan Lunden's likely "heir apparent".
1997 34 Years Old In June 1997, ABC elevated Vargas to primetime magazine show correspondent, succeeded by Kevin Newman as newsreader. … Read More
2002 39 Years Old After three years of dating, on July 20, 2002, Vargas married singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. … Read More


2003 40 Years Old In November 2003, Vargas became anchor of WNT Sunday.
2004 41 Years Old But that didn't last for long: she was named co-anchor of 20/20 in May 2004. … Read More
2005 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2005, she and Charles Gibson temporarily filled in for Peter Jennings, who was receiving chemotherapy for his lung cancer, on World News Tonight until Jennings's death in August.
Although Katie Couric is the first woman named as permanent solo anchor of a network evening newscast, Vargas can be considered the first de facto solo woman evening news anchor, given that she anchored many broadcasts alone after Bob Woodruff's injury in Iraq in January 2006. … Read More


2013 50 Years Old On November 6, 2013, ABC confirmed a New York Daily News story that Vargas was undergoing treatment for alcoholism. "I am dealing with addiction," Vargas said.
2014 51 Years Old 1 More Event
After her second rehab admission, on January 24, 2014, Vargas described herself as an alcoholic.
2016 53 Years Old In a special edition of 20/20 that aired September 9, 2016, Vargas opened up about her struggles with anxiety and alcoholism and further talked about her upcoming book Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction which discusses those struggles.
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