Elizabeth Vargas is an anchor of ABC News' "World News Tonight Saturday," a correspondent for the newsmagazines "20/20" and "Primetime Thursday" and a co-anchor of "Primetime Monday," which debuted in September 2003. She has also served as a co-anchor of the newsmagazine "Downtown" and is a frequent substitute anchor on "Good Morning America" and "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings."
Mr. Vargas has covered breaking stories, reported in-depth investigations and conducted newsmaker interviews for "20/20," "Primetime Thursday" and "Good Morning America." She has reported on topics ranging from the Maryland/Virginia sniper shootings to the use of steroids in the Olympics by female German athletes in the 1970s. She interviewed legendary rocker Mick Jagger about his storied career, explored the world of Las Vegas high rollers and reported on the unusual murder mystery surrounding a suburban Oklahoma couple. Her exclusive interview with the owners of two dogs that killed a San Francisco woman was so revealing that prosecutors in the case say it was critical to winning convictions against the couple.
In 2000 Ms. Vargas won an Emmy for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzales case.
In a special report, she anchored and reported on the Yosemite National Park murders that shocked the nation -- a special investigation revealing never-before-reported accounts of the four murders and exclusive interviews with alleged suspects. Other reports have included the disturbing battle between two teen factions in a Texas town that ended in the murder of 19-year-old Brian Deneke and a court case that divided the community; an interview with former Boulder Police Detective Steve Thomas about the JonBenet Ramsey case; a revealing profile of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner; and the first broadcast interviews with the reclusive ï¿½70s icon, Cat Stevens.
In July 2003, Ms. Vargas hosted "In the Shadow of Laci Peterson," an ABC News special that examined the disappearances of several young women in northern California and why their stories failed to attract significant media attention.
Ms. 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 anchored and reported several one-hour ABC News "Vanished" specials, most recently on the death of supermodel Gia Carangi. Other hour-long specials include "Same Sex Marriages," "Surrogacy" and "It Takes a Miracle." She has also been involved in ABC's Children First Program, participating in a Children First Safety Special and in ABC's March Against Drugs.
Ms. Vargas joined ABC News from NBC News, where she spent her last three years as a correspondent and anchor, primarily for "Dateline NBC" and the "Today" show. While at "Dateline," she reported on a wide range of issues, including breast cancer research, PETA's war against fur and the mysterious life and death of billionaire socialite Doris Duke. During her tenure at NBC, she also served as substitute co-anchor and news anchor for NBC News' "Today" show and as a substitute anchor for the weekend editions of "NBC Nightly News." She joined NBC News in 1993 as a correspondent for the NBC newsmagazine "Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric."
Prior to joining NBC News, Ms. Vargas spent four years as a reporter and anchor for WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago. From 1986-89 she was the lead reporter for KTVK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. Earlier she worked as a reporter/anchor for KTVN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nevada.
Ms. Vargas graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter/anchor for KOMU-TV.