"20/20" Co-Host Elizabeth Vargas Credits This Icon For Blazing the Trails for Every Woman in TV News

by Cristina Corvino 2:01 PM, October 17, 2017

Aired October 18, 2017

ABC’s "20/20" has been on the air for 40 years (!), and Elizabeth Vargas has been a part of the family for 13 of them.

Even bigger, she’s also only one of two women who have been at the forefront.

"There have only been two women as co-hosts," Vargas tells Rach at the kitchen table. "Barbara Walters and myself."

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"I’m honored to be on [that list]," she continues.

Barbara, who appeared on "20/20" from 1979 to 2004, went on to create and co-host popular daytime talk show "The View" for close to two decades.

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"Gosh, [Barbara] has opened doors and blazed trails for every woman in television news," Elizabeth gushes. "And we all owe her a debt of gratitude."

"For every woman in television, period," Rach adds.

As a female news anchor following in the footsteps of trailblazers like Barbara, Elizabeth has covered major news events on the frontlines. Hear Elizabeth discuss the first time she was "really afraid" on the job in the video above.

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