Award-winning anchor and correspondent Elizabeth Vargas has covered breaking news stories, reported in-depth investigations and conducted newsmaker interviews around the world since joining ABC News in 1996. During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she anchored the network’s World News from Baghdad. 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 in 2004 cited Vargas for her “intellectually brave” reporting on the 1998 anti-gay hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard. Her 2003 special “In the Shadow of Laci Peterson” examined why the disappearances of several young women in northern California failed to attract the same media attention as the Peterson case.
Vargas co-anchored World News with Bob Woodruff before joining the network’s 20/20 news magazine, of which she is the co-anchor. She was previously the anchor of World News Tonight Sunday and was also a frequent substitute anchor on Good Morning America, as well as a correspondent for 20/20 and Primetime Thursday and a co-anchor of Primetime Monday. Before joining ABC, she worked at NBC News.