Elizabeth Vargas, ABC News

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Elizabeth Vargas could also be leaving ABC Information, however “this isn’t goodbye.”

The longtime 20/20 co-anchor and former co-anchor of World Information Tonight shall be exiting the community on the finish of the newsmagazine’s fortieth season in Might, Vargas and ABC Information president James Goldston confirmed in notes despatched to employees. The information anchor has spent greater than 20 years working at ABC Information, first at Good Morning America, later as a weekend anchor of World Information Tonight and briefly as a weekday co-anchor between 2005 and 2006. She served as a co-anchor of 20/20 for greater than a decade, starting in 2004. 

The veteran broadcast journalist personally addressed her exit from the community in a letter to colleagues forward of the vacations, writing, “It has been a profound privilege to be the anchor of 20/20 for 14 years, and a real honor to work with each one in every of you. I’m extremely fortunate to work alongside the easiest within the enterprise: the producers, editors, writers on this present, and the big workforce working each week to get our present on the air. I’m so very pleased with the tales we’ve got informed collectively.”

As she concluded, “I’m sorry solely to need to share this information with you as we have fun the vacations. I had hoped to make this announcement after the primary of the yr. This isn’t goodbye–I will probably be right here via Might, and can’t wait to do extra work with all you within the months forward.”

Whereas Vargas was recognized for reporting on the information, Vargas famously turned part of the information when she publicly addressed her alcohol habit in a memoir and on the air in 2016. 

“As we get nearer to Elizabeth’s ultimate date on the air, we’ll have fun her many excellent accomplishments with a correct ship-off,” Goldston stated in his message to employees. “Within the meantime, she and her workforce are onerous at work on a number of specials and investigations for the brand new yr.”

As for the rationale for her departure, Goldston stated she is leaving “to pursue new ventures.”

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