“I FELL IN love with reporting while I was still in high school, when I was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper,” explains award-winning ABC news journalist Elizabeth Vargas. In fact, after completing the journalism program at the University of Missouri, Vargas immediately entered the fast-paced work of TV news—the day after her graduation. “I absolutely love it,” she says. “I have never once thought of doing anything else and feel profoundly lucky to tell people’s stories.”
This month, Vargas celebrates the 40th anniversary of the acclaimed show she co-anchors with David Muir. “On 20/20, we have the chance to really delve deep into newsmakers as well as ordinary people who have done extraordinary things,” she says.
Vargas is the first to admit she has some of her own profound stories to share. The powerhouse is also the author of her autobiography, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction, released in 2016. “I shared my story in the hopes that others might find the courage to speak out and get help,” Vargas says. She is often celebrated for being intellectually brave in both her own affairs and her reporting—covering breaking news ranging from Amanda Knox and the Orlando nightclub shooting to her Peabody Award-winning story on the hero NICU nurses of Hurricane Sandy. “I think I try to be ‘intellectually brave,’ as The New York Times called me, in every story I do,” she says.
“People really enjoy seeing a true story unfold, especially with the time we can spend to get in-depth,” Vargas says. “In these uncertain times, 20/20 can go beyond the headlines, from exploring the most important issues that affect people across our country and the world to quickly producing an hour on breaking news.”