February 10, 2006

ABC News co-anchor Vargas expecting second child

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As ABC "World News Tonight"
co-anchor Bob Woodruff recovers from wounds suffered in Iraq,
colleague Elizabeth Vargas revealed on Friday she was expecting
a baby but planned to stay on the job through most of her

Vargas, 43, is due to give birth in late summer to her
second child with her husband, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. The
couple have one son together, Zachary, 3, and Cohn has a son
and daughter from a previous marriage, aged 14 and 11.

"This is joyous news for Marc and our family," Vargas said
in a message to her colleagues. "At the same time, our
immediate concern remains with Bob (Woodruff) ... and the
entire Woodruff family as we hope and pray for continuing good
news about his recovery."

Woodruff, who was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb
while riding in a military patrol near Baghdad on January 29,
is under sedation at the National Naval Medical Center in
Bethesda, Maryland, an ABC News spokeswoman said. Cameraman
Doug Vogt, who was injured in the same blast, was moved to an
outpatient facility earlier this week.

Doctors have said Woodruff is showing signs of improvement,
and ABC News expects him to return eventually as co-anchor of
"World News Tonight." "It's just a question of how long it will
take him to get there," spokeswoman Cathy Levine said.

Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson of "Good Morning America"
are filling in for Woodruff on the evening newscast with
Vargas, who plans to remain as co-anchor of "World News
Tonight" and news magazine "20/20" through late summer.

"I told Elizabeth that during such a difficult time for all
of us, it's good to get such wonderful, life-affirming news,"
ABC News President David Westin said in a statement.

Levine said Vargas would be back after her baby is born but
no decision about the length of her maternity leave had been

Vargas is no stranger to presenting a network evening
newscast while expecting. She was pregnant in December 2002
when she filled in as "World News Tonight" host for the late
Peter Jennings while he was on vacation, Levine said.

The Walt Disney Co.-owned network debuted its two-anchor
"World News Tonight" format on January 3 with Woodruff and
Vargas officially taking the place of Jennings, who died of
cancer in August at age 67.