Amy Robach snares co-anchor duties on ABC’s '20/20′

Amy Robach will take over as co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20,” replacing the departing Elizabeth Vargas on the longrunning ABC News newsmagazine. She will work with David Muir.

“Amy’s already well-known to our ’20/20′ audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff Monday. “She’s proved uniquely capable of connecting with a diverse and fascinating group of people to tell their stories, including Tonya Harding, Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, former UVA dean Nicole Eramo, and Monica Lewinsky for her first network interview in over a decade.”

Robach will continue to report for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and other ABC News outlets.

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Author Katie Nicholl is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, March 20, 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) KATIE NICHOLL, AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Show coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, January 24, 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAIN, ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, AMY ROBACH
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Amy Robach is seen on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by VMAL/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Andrew Shue and Amy Robach attend 'Battle of the Sexes' special anniversary screening at SVA Theater on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 50 Cent is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, August 29, 2017 airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH, 50 CENT, LARA SPENCER
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Thursday, September 21, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, AMY ROBACH, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA Lady Antelbellum perform live from Central Park as part of the GMA Summer Concert Series on 'Good Morning America,' Friday, July 14, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Green Day performs live as part of the GMA Summer Concert Series on 'Good Morning America,' Friday, May 19, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH, SARA HAINES
GOOD MORNING AMERICA -Coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Thursday, May 4, 2017 airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Monday, April 10, 2017 airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH, MICHAEL STRAHAN
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Amy Robach attends the 2017 Afghan Hands fundraiser at Gabriel & Co Showroom on March 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Local animal shelter dogs visit 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, March 23, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA Show coverage of 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, February 22, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, AMY ROBACH
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Actor Andrew Shue and journalist Amy Robach attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Country star Brett Eldredge brings his holiday music - and his mom's Christmas cookies - to GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 12/9/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, LARA SPENCER, GINGER ZEE, BRETT ELDREDGE, AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Emeli Sand�performs live on 'Good Morning America,' 11/29/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) EMELI SANDE, AMY ROBACH
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Amy Robach on 'Good Morning America,' 11/28/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) AMY ROBACH
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Ali Wentworth, Andrew Shue and Amy Robach attend 'Nightcap' Premiere Party at Crosby Street Hotel on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: TV Personalities Amy Robach, Michael Strahan, and Sara Haines attend AT&T Audience Network Celebrates the 'Religion of Sports' at St. Bart's Cathedral on November 3, 2016 in New York Cit (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for DirecTV)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Jess Cagle of People Magazine is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Tuesday, November 15, 2016, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JESS CAGLE, AMY ROBACH
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Her new role comes as the Walt Disney news division has placed new emphasis on George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan at “GMA,” where Robach has held forth since 2014. The show once utilized a “family” concept that gave air time and marquee status to a wider variety of anchors and correspondents, but that has changed at a time when viewers are eager to get more information more quickly from morning-TV favorites.

Before arriving at ABC, Robach was a national correspondent at NBC News and a co-anchor at the weekend edition of NBC’s “Today” show.

She has made some news of her own over the years. In 2013, she revealed on air at “GMA” that she had to battle breast cancer after taking an on-air mammogram for a report on the program. that revelation drew more attention to her, and a book about the experience, “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,” became a New York Times bestseller.

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