As an award-winning anchor and correspondent, Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. Currently the co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 with David Muir, Vargas was credited by The New York Times for reinvigorating the newsmagazine format with her “intellectually brave” reporting.
During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she reported extensively for World News Tonight from Baghdad on both civilian life in Iraq and American military involvement there. She has interviewed leaders from around the world, including President Bush from the Oval Office in the White House. Vargas has also anchored ABC News coverage of live, breaking stories, including the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Hurricane Katrina’s devastation from the U.S. Gulf Coast. Vargas won an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.
Vargas has also interviewed a wide range of celebrities, from actors and musicians to business leaders and authors, including: Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Skoll, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Johnny Depp, Hugh Hefner, Jessica Simpson, Mick Jagger, Drew Barrymore, Dan Brown, Alanis Morissette, and Cat Stevens.
In September 2016, Vargas’s memoir Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction was released by Grand Central Publishing. The book details her struggles with anxiety and alcohol, and tells a powerful story of healing and coping. A special episode of 20/20 aired in conjunction with the book’s release, in which Vargas and Diane Sawyer discussed Vargas’ experiences, reported on the link between anxiety and alcohol abuse, and interviewed both addiction experts and those recovering from addiction.
"Please extend to Elizabeth our sincerest appreciation for her participation in The Menninger Clinic’s Annual Signature Cocktail Reception and Luncheon this past week. Her presentation at the Luncheon was fabulous as expected, but the really nice surprise was her warmth and approachability, as well as her engagement with the many participants who regaled her with numerous questions and stories of their own. She was patient with all of us, which made the event warm and human. We also thank Elizabeth for “speaking up” on behalf of those suffering from anxiety and addiction, for sharing the challenges of her journey to recovery, and for joining with The Menninger Clinic in proclaiming that there is no health without mental health."- Menninger Clinic