Elizabeth Vargas is the new tracker of ‘America’s Most Wanted’

Long-running Fox reality series gets a high-tech reboot

Elizabeth Vargas of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Monday on Fox

Q: The new version of “America’s Most Wanted” is quite high-tech. As its host, are you adjusting to that well?

A: It’s really exciting and challenging. I get to stretch my hosting skills in a way I’ve never done before, but that’s part of why the show is coming back. In the 10 years since “America’s Most Wanted” went off the air, there’s just been such an explosion of technology and social media, and everyone can take videos and pictures and send text messages now — and stay connected in a way.

Plus, we have age-progression technology and 3-D avatars and map-pinpointing technology. It’s incredible, the tools we have at our disposal.

Q: Have you crossed paths with original, longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh?

A: Oh, yes. I’ve interviewed him several times, a couple of times when I was a host on “Good Morning America,” so I have had that pleasure. We’re thrilled that he’s so thrilled that we’re bringing this back. He’s been so supportive.

Q: Are you ready to step into a television identity as one of America’s top crusaders for justice?

A: Absolutely. I’ve spent decades of my career telling stories, and I can’t even tell you how many interviews I’ve done with victims of crime, and how heartbreaking that is. Part of being a good storyteller is becoming emotionally invested in those stories. I covered Amanda Knox for five whole years, and I just did another special on the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, which I started covering decades ago.

The wonderful part of this show is that we not only are telling true-crime stories, but we’re offering our audience a way to help these crime victims … and that’s the difference between “America’s Most Wanted” and every other true-crime show out there. And there are a million of them.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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