Elizabeth Anne Vargas (born September 6, 1962) is an American television journalist who is the lead investigative reporter/documentary anchor for A&E Networks. She began her new position on May 28, 2018, after being an anchor of ABC's television newsmagazine 20/20 and ABC News specials for the past 14 years. She was previously an anchor of World News Tonight. On December 22, 2017, Vargas announced she is leaving ABC News in May 2018. Her last day at ABC News was on May 25, 2018. She broadcast her first investigative documentary series on A&E, Cults & Extreme Belief, in May 2018.