Amy Robach Named 20/20 Co-Anchor

By A.J. Katz 

There have been rumors swirling around the TV news business that talent changes could soon be taking place at ABC News. Those rumors have been confirmed, as the network has announced that Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach has been named 20/20 co-anchor. She assumes her new role at the end of May, after the 2017-2018 broadcast season comes to an end.

Robach replaces longtime 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas, who is making a move to A&E to host the network’s new A&E Investigates series, and Robach will be joining David Muir on the longtime prime time news magazine program.

Robach was named GMA news anchor in 2014, after joined ABC News in May 2012 from NBC News where she was anchor of weekend Today.


In addition to her new 20/20 duties, Robach will continue to report frequently for GMA and across ABC News when major news breaks.

Here’s the internal memo to staff sent by ABC News president James Goldston:


I’m delighted to announce that Amy Robach will join David Muir as co-anchor of 20/20 starting at the end of May. In addition to her new duties she’ll continue to report frequently for Good Morning America and across ABC News when major news breaks.

Amy, as we know so well, is a brilliant journalist and a skilled interviewer. She has covered the biggest news events around the world, from the deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium and Manchester and the Pulse nightclub shooting to the poaching epidemic in Tanzania and the Olympic games in PyeongChang, Rio and Sochi.

Amy’s already well-known to our 20/20 audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work. 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.

Her tenacity as a reporter has been matched by her passion to help others after her breast cancer diagnosis. Three years ago she wrote about her unexpected battle with cancer after an on-air mammogram on GMA. Her book, “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,” became a New York Times bestseller. By sharing her diagnosis and its aftermath publicly and candidly, she offers hope to millions across this country.

Amy joins David, Deborah Roberts and the 20/20 team at an exciting time. The newsmagazine continues to innovate 40 years after its launch, but great journalism and distinctive storytelling are always at the heart of what we do, and Amy will help make an outstanding team even better.

Please join me in congratulating Amy on her new role.