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Dec222017

Elizabeth Vargas leaving ABC News 

ABC/ Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- After two decades -- 14 years of which were spent anchoring 20/20 -- ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas is leaving the company.

ABC News says that Vargas is leaving in May, the end of 20/20's 40th season, to pursue new ventures.

As only the second woman to co-anchor 20/20 -- after Barbara Walters -- Vargas covered stories such as the Amanda Knox case, gendercide in India and the plight of Christian refugees escaping ISIS in Iraq.  Her recent piece "Wonder Boy," about a family dealing with their son's rare facial condition, earned 20/20's highest ratings this season, according to ABC.

In addition, Vargas, who also appeared on World News Tonight and Good Morning America, wrote a best-selling memoir documenting her struggle with anxiety and alcoholism.

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