Longtime ABC News journalist Deborah Roberts has been announced as the new co-anchor of 20/20, which will return for a 46th season this Friday. The 63-year-old Roberts will join David Muir as a permanent co-anchor, officially replacing Amy Robach who left ABC News earlier this year.
20/20 tweeted: “ We’re thrilled @ABCNews announced @DebRobertsABC as the new Co-Anchor of 20/20! Deborah will join @DavidMuir as co-anchor and will continue to report across all programs and platforms as senior national affairs correspondent. See you Friday for our 46th season premiere!”
Roberts took to her Instagram page to celebrate the news, sharing a photo of her and Muir: “I am thrilled and humbled to step into the role as co-anchor @abc2020 alongside my friend and colleague @davidmuirabc. We are proud to carry on the tradition of in-depth reporting on this venerable newsmagazine, which has revealed truths and opened hearts and minds for 46 years, beginning with the great Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs. It is the thrill of a lifetime to travel the path which Barbara cleared for women like me who dreamed of reporting meaningful and life-changing stories. What a privilege and honor to keep the legacy going @abcnews #gratitude”
Roberts has served as a contributing anchor at 20/20 for the past year. and will continue to report across all programs and platforms as senior national affairs correspondent. Muir said in a statement to Variety: “Deborah brings her love of storytelling, her deep commitment to the truth, and most of all, her humanity to everything she does. I cannot wait to stand beside her on 20/20.”
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