A primetime news magazine program featuring co-anchors Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. 20/20 combines hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories.
MEET THE CAST:
ELIZABETH VARGAS - Anchor
A beautiful and brainy reporter who began her career working for local CBS stations, Vargas graduated to the national market in 1993 when she jumped ship to NBC to appear on Today and NBC Nightly News. She came to prominence on ABC as a correspondent for 20/20 (and its now-defunct offshoot, 20/20 Downtown), eventually becoming the news magazine’s co-anchor in 2004. Her candid delivery and at times controversial story angles (her interview with the killers of gay teen Matthew Shepard implied that the crime was not fueled by prejudice) garnered attention, and in January 2006 she became the first Latina to permanently anchor a major network newscast when she signed on to ABC World News Tonight opposite Bob Woodruff. But the pairing was short-lived — just a few weeks later, Woodruff vacated his chair after being seriously injured by a roadside explosion while in Iraq. That February Vargas announced that she and her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, were expecting their second child and that after her maternity leave, she would return to the air on 20/20 instead of the evening news.
DAVID MUIR - Anchor
David Muir is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and correspondent for ABC News based in New York. Muir reports from the scene of major news events around the world. Most recently he anchored five hours of live coverage of the unfolding tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut before leaving to report from the scene. Overseas he was the first American journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the worst famine of a generation, coming under fire while reporting from the war-torn city. He earned a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for those reports.
Muir reported from Tahrir Square during the revolution in Egypt, and from Fukushima, Japan following the tsunami and nuclear accident. Here at home, he reported from Aurora after the movie theatre shootings, from Joplin, Missouri in the hours after the deadly tornado, and from Tucson after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In 2012 Muir served as a lead correspondent on the 2012 Presidential election. His interviews with presidential candidate Mitt Romney often generated headlines well beyond ABC News. In addition, Muir is a principal substitute anchor for World News with Diane Sawyer, where his Emmy-nominated series Made in America has become a hallmark of Sawyer’s broadcast.