8″ x 10″ Signed July 15, 1997 through the mail
In a special 20/20 report, Vargas anchored and reported on the Yosemite National Park murders that shocked the nation last fall — a special investigation revealing never-before-reported accounts of the four murders and exclusive interviews with alleged suspects. Other recent pieces include a report on the disturbing battle between two teen factions in a Texas town that ended in the murder of 19-year-old Brian Deneke last year and a court case that divided the community; an interview with former Boulder Police Detective Steve Thomas, who spoke about evidence he says leads to Patsy Ramsey; a revealing profile of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner; and the first broadcast interviews with the reclusive ’70s icon Cat Stevens.
Vargas has anchored several one-hour “Vanished” specials. Most recently, she anchored and reported the “Object of Desire,” the story of the mysterious disappearance of a popular anchorwoman from the Midwest. Other “Vanished” specials include a report on the story of Minnesota housewife Patty Wetterling’s 11-year search for her missing son, Jacob, and how her search has touched thousands of parents searching for their missing children; the troubling case of nine missing women in Ireland, and the U.S. government’s effort to find one of the victims, a young American student.
Other hour-long specials include “Same Sex Marriages,” “Surrogacy” and “It Takes a Miracle.” She has also been involved in ABC’s Children First Program, participating in a Children First Safety Special and in ABC’s March Against Drugs.
Vargas joined ABCNEWS from NBC News, where she spent three years as a correspondent and anchor, mostly for Dateline NBC and the Today show. While at Dateline, Vargas reported on a wide range of issues, including breast cancer research, PETA’s (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) war against fur and the mysterious life and death of billionaire socialite Doris Duke. She also reported a one-hour story on a controversial drunk-driving case in New Mexico.
During her tenure at NBC, she served as substitute co-anchor and news anchor for NBC News’ Today show and as a substitute anchor for the weekend editions of NBC Nightly News. Vargas joined NBC News in 1993 as a correspondent for the NBC newsmagazine, Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.
Prior to joining NBC News, Vargas spent four years as a reporter and anchor for WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago. From 1986-1989, she was the lead reporter for KTVK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. Earlier, she worked as a reporter-anchor for KTVN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nev.
Vargas graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter-anchor for KOMU-TV.