Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News’ “20/20” Elected to CASAColumbia’s Board
CASAColumbia is pleased to announce the election of Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20,” to its board of directors. Vargas is an award-winning television news anchor and correspondent who has traveled the world covering breaking news, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting major interviews.
For Vargas, the decision of whether to join the board was an easy one.
“I am honored to be elected to CASAColumbia’s board,” Vargas said. “This organization fights every day against a disease that is very close to my heart. I cannot wait to join in the fight and truly make a difference.”
Vargas previously served for the last two years as the organization’s master of ceremonies for its annual awards dinner, which raises money to combat addiction and substance abuse.
“We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to the board,” said Jeffrey B. Lane, CASAColumbia’s chairman. “Elizabeth is a vocal champion for the highly stigmatized disease of addiction. And her background in journalism can further amplify awareness of both addiction and substance abuse.”
On that note, Vargas’ career in journalism is sterling. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, where she began her career as a reporter and anchor for KOMU-TV. In 1996, Vargas joined ABC News, where she remains today.
During the historic Iraqi elections in December 2005, Vargas reported extensively for “World News Tonight” on both civilian life and American military involvement. She has also interviewed leaders from around the world, including President Bush from the oval office in the White House. Vargas won an Emmy in 2000 for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.