ABC News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Leaving Network After 21 Years


Longtime ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has announced she will be departing the network, after 21 years.

The resignation isn’t immediate, with Vargas staying on until May, when 20/20 concludes its 40th season. She’s been with the program for 14 years.

“I am sorry only to have to share this news with you as we celebrate the holidays,” she wrote in a letter to the show’s staff. “I had hoped to make this announcement after the first of the year.”

“I am incredibly lucky to work alongside the very best in the business: the producers, editors, writers on this show, and the enormous team working every week to get our show on the air. I am so very proud of the stories we have told together.”

No specific details have been given as to why she is departing the network, with ABC News president James Goldston saying she is leaving to “pursue new opportunities.”

Vargas began her career at ABC as an anchor on Good Morning America, way back in 1996, eventually moving up to becoming co-anchor of World News Tonight, after the passing of Peter Jennings.

“This is not goodbye – I will be here through May, and cannot wait to do more work with all you in the months ahead,” she wrote in her letter to staff.

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