Elizabeth Anne Vargas is an American television journalist, who is best known for being an anchor for the popular news magazine show called 20/20. Along with this job, which she recently left, she has also been an anchor of World News Tonight.
Vargas was born on September 6, 1962, in Paterson, New Jersey. Her mother’s name is an Irish-American whilst her father Rafael Vargas is of Puerto Rican descent and was a colonel in the U.S. Army. Her father was stationed in different posts which meant that she moved frequently during her childhood to those stationed posts especially in Germany and Belgium. She later went to the University of Missouri in Clombia where she got an undergraduate degree in journalism. It is during her stay there that she started to work as a reported for the NBC affiliate company called KOMU-TV.
She then went on to work at WBBM-TV, which was an affiliate of CBS based in Chicago. Her work was much appreciated by the senior staff there that helped her to increase her credibility as a reporter. She gave her services there for 4 years after which she got a great offer from NBC News in 1993 where she started to work as a correspondent. This was a big promotion and level up for he as she managed to be a part of Dateline NBC as well as sub anchor for the popular show called Today, which still airs on NBC.
Her career took another major turn for the better as she joined the team of Good Morning America along with newsreader Joan Lunden. This is when she started cementing her name as one of the top news reporters among Americans as the shows were watched by millions on a regular basis.
Vargas was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast in the U.S. since Connie Chung, and the first national evening news anchor of Puerto Rican and Irish-American heritage. In 1999 she won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the Elián González story, and in 1998 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her 20/20 investigation into the wrongful conviction of Betty Tyson. These are only a hand full of the many news she reported which managed to get the attention of the national population in the United States.
She was shortly also a co-anchor for World News Tonight but soon left on May 23, 2006. She then made a return on the popular show 20/20 again as a co-anchor and a primary host of ABC News specials.
Elizabeth Vargas Net Worth
According to The Richest, she has an estimated net worth of $3 million. She was a big part of the team of ABC and contributed to presenting great content over a span of many years. This is also the place where she was able to accumulate a large portion of her net worth that she currently possesses.
It seems that Elizabeth is now looking for a new challenge for a change in her life and reach that next level in her career moving in a forward direction. She has signed a production deal with A+E Networks that will make her the face of new investigative banner A&E Investigates. As part of her new deal, Vargas will work with A+E Networks to develop and produce new nonfiction programming by way of the newly launched nonfiction content development company A+E Originals.
Vargas and a singer named Marc Cohn started dating since 1999. On July 20, 2002, they got married. Together they have two sons named Zachary Raphael Cohn and Samuel Wyatt Cohn. Vargas also has two stepchildren, Max and Emily, from Cohn’s first marriage. However, in 2014, it was made public that they were going in their separate directions.
Vargas herself made a few headlines in 2013, after it was reported that she had started to undertake treatment because of her addiction with alcohol. She opened up about her experience with being an alcoholic and the recovery process in her memoir titled Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction in 2016 which was a New York Times Best Seller.
She also mentions her recovery process in the memoir where she seeks for professional treatment for the illness in 2014. She says that reaching out to people she knew as well as meditation played a huge part for her to get back to optimum levels mentally.