Elizabeth Vargas
American television journalist
Elizabeth Vargas
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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Trump's Sons Say Some People May Deserve Twitter Shaming
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Two of president-elect Donald Trump’s sons think their father’s tendency to name and shame his detractors on Twitter may be the right thing to do, they said during a pre-inauguration interview with ABC News’ 20/20 that aired on Thursday. The program spoke with three of Trump’s adult children who have played major roles in both the presidential campaign and the formation of his new administration: Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric. All were asked about Trump’s fondness for social media ― which he’s used to call reporters “sick” and “stupid,” slam celebrities as “over-rated” and blast opponents as “liars” and “lightweights.” While Ivanka said that, at times, she has called him on his Twitter use (“I’m his daughter, so I give him my feedback, solicited or otherwise”), her brothers said the tweets could be a good thing that can cut through “deceptive” media coverage. “I see how bad the media can be. I see how deceptive they can be, and if he can get his message directly to the source ...
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How ABC News' Robin Roberts, Dan Harris, Amy Robach and Elizabeth Vargas Found Strength in Each Other During Difficult Times
ABC News - 4 months
On Robin Roberts' latest podcast, 'Robin Roberts: Everbody's Got Something,' Amy Robach and Dan Harris join the 'Good Morning America' anchor.
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WATCH: Elizabeth Vargas Talks Divorce, Recovery From Alcoholism
ABC News - 5 months
The ABC News anchor stopped by "The View" to discuss her struggles with alcoholism.
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WATCH: Nick Hillary Opens Up in 1st Interview After Being Found Not Guilty of Murder
ABC News - 5 months
After being found not guilty of murder, former college soccer coach Nick Hillary opened up to ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas for his first post-verdict interview.
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Elizabeth Vargas Opens Up About Marc Cohn Divorcing Her After She Left Rehab
Huffington Post - 6 months
“20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas has been open about her struggle with alcoholism, but only recently revealed that her husband left her just days after she completed rehab in 2014 following her third relapse. “It was brutally difficult,” she told People. “I think anyone can imagine what that felt like.” Vargas said her ex, “Walking in Memphis” singer Marc Cohn, hired a divorce lawyer and started the divorce process while she was away. The pair were married for 12 years and have two sons together, ages 10 and 13. Their marriage was Vargas’ first and the second for Cohn, who also has two children from his previous marriage. “We both love our children and we will be in each other’s lives for the rest of our lives because of these two amazing boys,” she said. “I think we both focus on that.” Cohn said he’s proud of Vargas for opening up about her addiction.  “Elizabeth has always had, and will always have my support, especially in regards to her recovery,” Cohn said in a ...
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Insecurity, Anxiety Were Constant Companions, ABC News' Vargas Says
NPR - 6 months
ABC News TV anchor Elizabeth Vargas opens up about a life dogged by anxiety, insecurity and the hidden shame of alcoholism. Her new memoir is titled, Between Breaths.
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WATCH: Elizabeth Vargas Part 1: Grappling with Anxiety
ABC News - 6 months
ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas sat down with Diane Sawyer to tell the story of her life that she has not told before.
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Watch: Woman Denies Causing Fiance's Kayak Death in Jailhouse Interview
ABC News - over 1 year
Part 3: "It still feels unreal," Angelika Graswald told ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas. "The part that he's gone."
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Watch: Amanda Knox Reconvicted: How Did This Happen?
ABC News - about 3 years
Act 1: As the world reacts to Knox's guilty verdict, ABC's Elizabeth Vargas talks to the Knox family attorney.     
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Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am. I am an alcoholic' - New York Daily News
Google News - about 3 years
New York Daily News Elizabeth Vargas: 'I am. I am an alcoholic' New York Daily News Elizabeth Vargas has opened up about her struggle with alcoholism and the road to recovery during a "Good Morning America" appearance on Friday. "I am. I am an alcoholic," the "20/20" anchor told "GMA" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. "It took me a ... Elizabeth Vargas Returns To TV Post-Rehab Stint; Says On 'Good Morning ...International Business Times Elizabeth Vargas Shares Alcoholic Secret Stands StrongGuardian Liberty Voice With Elizabeth Vargas's Return, '20/20′ Hits 4-Year Highmediabistro.com Wellesley Townsman all 569 news articles »
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ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas: 'I Am an Alcoholic'
ABC News - about 3 years
'I am an alcoholic,' says ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas as she returns to the air after treatment     
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elizabeth Vargas
  • 2016
    Age 53
    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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  • 2014
    Age 51
    In August 2014, Entertainment Tonight reported that Vargas and Cohn were divorcing after 12 years of marriage.
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    After her second rehab admission, on January 24, 2014, Vargas described herself as an alcoholic.
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  • 2013
    Age 50
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    In late 2006, Vargas returned as co-anchor of 20/20 and primary host of ABC News specials.
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    Gibson was then named sole anchor of the show, effective from May 29, 2006, replacing Vargas and Woodruff.
    More Details Hide Details To explain the sudden change, Vargas cited her doctors' recommendation to cut back her schedule considerably owing to a difficult pregnancy and her wish to spend more time with her new baby when he arrives. Most "inside accounts", however, claimed she fully expected and wished to return to the anchor chair soon after giving birth, but Gibson threatened to quit ABC News if he wasn't made sole permanent anchor. According to these sources, his gambit succeeded and she was left embittered, although not enough to sever ties with the network.
    On May 23, 2006, Vargas announced her resignation from WNT.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    After a period of mourning and indecision, she and Bob Woodruff were chosen as co-anchors on December 5, 2005.
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    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 41
    But that didn't last for long: she was named co-anchor of 20/20 in May 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Vargas was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast in the U.S. since Connie Chung, and the first national evening news anchor of Puerto Rican and Irish-American heritage. She is said to be particularly proud of an ABC special report in which she questioned why the Laci Peterson case merited more attention than two other similar cases, one involving a black woman and the other involving a Hispanic woman. Another story she did, based on the book The Da Vinci Code and the role of Mary Magdalene, helped fuel a nationwide religious debate. Vargas stated that for centuries Mary Magdalene has been portrayed as a prostitute by the church despite evidence to the contrary. She went on to question the strictly limited role of women within the church. In 1999 she won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the Elián González story, and in 1998 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her 20/20 investigation into the wrongful conviction of Betty Tyson.
  • 2003
    Age 40
    In November 2003, Vargas became anchor of WNT Sunday.
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  • 2002
    Age 39
    After three years of dating, on July 20, 2002, Vargas married singer-songwriter Marc Cohn.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons, Zachary Raphael Cohn (January 31, 2003) and Samuel Wyatt Cohn (August 16, 2006). Vargas also has two stepchildren, Max and Emily, from Cohn's first marriage.
  • 1997
    Age 34
    In June 1997, ABC elevated Vargas to primetime magazine show correspondent, succeeded by Kevin Newman as newsreader.
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    In June 1996, she joined Good Morning America as the newsreader and Joan Lunden's likely "heir apparent".
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  • 1993
    Age 30
    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.
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  • 1962
    Born on September 6, 1962.
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