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. During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, she anchored World News Tonight from Baghdad, and anchored for both World News Tonight and 20/20 from the U.S. Gulf Coast, covering Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Vargas has also anchored ABC News coverage of live, breaking news stories including the deaths of President Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, Jr. She won an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.
Vargas has been credited by the New York Times as reinvigorating the newsmagazine format with her "intellectually brave" reporting. In addition to her many incisive investigations, Vargas' 2001 exclusive interview with the owners of two dogs that killed a San Francisco woman was so revealing, prosecutors in the case say it was critical to winning convictions against the couple. Vargas was previously the anchor of World News Tonight Sunday and was also a frequent substitute anchor on Good Morning America. Previously a correspondent for 20/20 and Primetime Thursday and a co-anchor of Primetime Monday, Vargas joined ABC News from NBC News, where she was a correspondent and anchor, primarily for Dateline NBC and the Today show.