Elizabeth Vargas

Television journalist, News anchor
A prominent news correspondent and host, Elizabeth Vargas became the first woman of Puerto Rican extraction to become an anchor of ABC's flagship nightly news program, "World News Tonight" (1965- ). Serving as co-host ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1962 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

20/20 2004 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Host

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

20/20: Charlie Sheen: In His Own Words 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Anchor

J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Michael Jackson: The Man and His Music 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Live 2005 - 2006, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

20/20: The Final Hours of Natalee Holloway 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis: Viva Las Vegas 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20: Last Days on Earth 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Path of Katrina 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Jennings: Reporter 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

ICU: Arkansas Children's Hospital 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

America.01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Downtown 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished: Dangerous Obsession 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished: Shooting Star 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet Earth 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished (04/13/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Take: Breaking the Chain 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The VIDA Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A prominent news correspondent and host, Elizabeth Vargas became the first woman of Puerto Rican extraction to become an anchor of ABC's flagship nightly news program, "World News Tonight" (1965- ). Serving as co-host alongside roving war correspondent, Bob Woodruff, Vargas helped fill the giant hole left behind by iconic anchor Peter Jennings, who died in 2005 following a brief battle with lung cancer. Previously, she made a name for herself as a correspondent on "Dateline" (NBC, 1992- ) while also acting as a substitute co-anchor on "Today" (NBC, 1952- ) and a substitute weekend anchor on "Nightly News" (NBC, 1970- ). In 1996, she left NBC for ABC, where she raised her profile as a news anchor and substitute co-host on "Good Morning America" (1975- ), before moving over to primetime as a correspondent on "20/20" (ABC, 1978- ), where she won an Emmy for coverage of the Elian Gonzalez story in 1999. In the wake of Jennings' sudden departure from the show, Vargas ascended to the anchor chair, only to be brushed aside during maternity leave by longtime news anchor, Charles Gibson. Despite her brief tenure and sudden departure, Vargas returned to "20/20" and remained one of ABC's most high-profile news personnel.

Relationships

Marc Cohn Song Performer

Husband
met at the 1999 U.S. Open after being introduced by Andre Agassi married in 2002

Samuel Cohn

Son
born August 2006 father, Marc Cohn

Zachary Cohn

Son
born January 31, 2003 father, Marc Cohn

Michael Douglas Actor

Companion
Briefly dated

EDUCATION

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri
made her debut broadcast as a reporter/anchor for KOMU-TV

Milestones

2006

Became co-anchor of ABC "World News Tonight" with Bob Woodruff

2006

Departs as anchor of "World News Tonight" for maternaty leave; will return in the fall to co-anchor "20/20" with Charles Gibson

2005

Anchored "World News Tonight" (ABC) from Baghdad (December)

2004

Became co-anchor of ABC's "20/20"

2003

Hosted "In the Shadow of Laci Peterson" (ABC)

2002

Narrated the four part ABC news documentary "ICU"

1999

Co-anchor of "Downtown," an ABC news magazine

1997

Correspondent for ABC’s "20/20"

1996

Became news anchor/substitute co-host for ABC's "Good Morning America"

1993

Correspondent for NBC’s "Dateline"

1993

Worked as substitute news anchor for NBC’s "Today Show"

1993

Joined NBC News as a correspondent for "Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric"

1986

Lead reporter at KTVK-TV the ABC affiliate in Phoenix

Bonus Trivia

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Vargas is the first woman of Puerto Rican heritage to be named a network nightly news anchorperson.

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