El­iz­a­beth Var­gas

OF ‘THE UN­TOLD STORY’ ON A&E NET­WORK

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tap - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

How are you lik­ing this next chap­ter of your ca­reer as host of A&E’s “The Un­told Story”? I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it. Doc­u­men­taries – and I ac­tu­ally get to pro­duce them as well as report them – are re­ally sort of the next step past what the mag­a­zines on the net­works do and it’s re­ally been ex­cit­ing. And this next strand, this next se­ries of doc­u­men­taries, I re­ally had the op­por­tu­nity and real plea­sure, to be hon­est, to work on for the past nine months, get­ting them all ready to air. So we’re very ex­cited.

Over your ca­reer, who have been your men­tors or peo­ple you looked up to?

I had great men­tors when I was just a cub re­porter in Phoenix. My news director there taught me a lot. And then at NBC when I worked there, I worked un­der Jeff Zucker, who taught me a lot, as well as along­side Bryant Gum­bel, who taught me a lot about anchoring live tele­vi­sion . ... And when I got to ABC, of course, Diane Sawyer has been an in­cred­i­ble men­tor.

And there are a lot of women in my busi­ness that I look to and take lessons from just by watch­ing them, their smart ca­reer choices and how they’ve man­aged to rein­vent them­selves. Barbara Walters has been a vi­sion­ary for her entire life and ob­vi­ously had to fight a lot of sex­ism in the busi­ness. And peo­ple like Katie Couric have learned to take what some peo­ple might see as set­backs and turn them into in­cred­i­ble opportunit­ies.

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