Elizabeth Vargas (Brian Ach/Getty Images)
The New York Daily News was the first to report the news on Wednesday. A source told the paper that she checked herself into a facility a few weeks ago, and that she'll be there for another few weeks.
"Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction," she said in a statement. "I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News. Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time. If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I'm grateful."
"We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery," a spokesperson for ABC News told omg!. "We look forward to having her back home at ABC News, where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family, and we will support her in every way we can."
Vargas, 51, is married to singer Marc Cohn, 54. They have two sons together, Zachary, 10, and Samuel, 7.
She previously anchored "World News Tonight" at ABC News and before that served as a correspondent for "Dateline" at NBC News. Prior to that she worked at CBS affiliate WBBM in Chicago, after starting her career at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri.
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