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GOOD NEWS: Elizabeth Vargas Returns to ABC Following Rehab

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This face used to be on the proverbial milk carton in the ABC News cafeteria — she’s 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

On Halloween night, she makes her return to the show following a stint in rehab for alcoholism. Vargas, who has been brave and transparent with her addiction, has encountered some public turmoil because of this personal issue for her.

Last November, she tried to end her decades-long battle with the bottle. She did so again this past August. Unfortunately for her, the event that sparked the second trip was her husband, Marc Cohn, filing for divorce.

That’s usually what it takes: life stopping on a dime and you finally waking from the haze to pay attention to it.

I know, because I was there more than 22 years ago. It’s my birthday month: clean and sober since Oct. 20, 1992 at 10:42 a.m. (yeah, it was that bad). Many people can go to a bar, have a drink, and go back home with no problem. Good for them.

I couldn’t. Elizabeth couldn’t. And millions of people today still can’t. That’s why seeing people come back is really good news.

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ABC EP Neufeld Joins Fenton

Victor Neufeld, longtime executive producer with ABC’s news program 20/20, has joined Fenton as the firm’s first executive producer. In this role, Neufeld will help the public interest firm’s clients create content.

Neufeld’s career spans 25 years, including 15 spent as EP at 20/20. He has also worked on Paula Zahn Tonight, the CBS Early Show, and ABC World News Tonight. His work has earned him a number of industry awards including Emmy and Gracie awards.

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