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20/20 is a news magazine broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. The show was created by Roone Arledge. The original hosts were veteran journalists Harold Hayes and Robert Hughes. That first program was written off as a colossal failure by critics, and Hayes and Hughes were replaced the following week by former game show and Today host Hugh Downs. Downs was later joined in 1984 by Barbara Walters. Downs retired in 1999 and Walters became the solo news anchor until 2002 when John Miller was hired to be permanent co-host of the series. Miller left a year later in January 2003 and was replaced by John Stossel in May, 2003. Walters left the co-anchor position in 2004 to be replaced by Elizabeth Vargas. For a time from 1998-2000, ABC News combined 20/20 and Primetime Live to compete better with Dateline NBC. In 2000 ABC News returned the news magazines to the original 20/20.

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Prev: 37x55 -- The Hunter and the Hunted (Aug/14/2015)

As the sun rose across the sweeping savannas of Hwange National Park in Hwange, Zimbabwe, on July 1, Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer was just arriving in the country. Palmer had allegedly paid veteran safari guide Theo Bronkhorst at least $50,000 to help him bag a big lion in Zimbabwe. Palmer once boasted of having hunted big game around the world, including moose, deer, buffalo, mountain lions and even a polar bear, according to the New York Times. By the next day, Palmer killed 13-year-old Cecil, one of the world’s most famous lions and the biggest dominant male black-maned lion in Hwange National Park. Cecil the Lion: New Details Emerge Into the Moments Before He Was Shot by American Dentist Who Admitted Killing Cecil the Lion Sends Patients Letter About Incident. “I think [Palmer] came here,” Brent Stapelkamp, one of the lion researchers who had tracked Cecil with a GPS collar since 2008 as part of an Oxford University lion study, told ABC News’ “20/20.”

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Elizabeth VargasElizabeth Vargas
As Herself (Co-Anchor 2004-)
David Muir (2)David Muir (2)
As Himself (Co-Anchor 2013-)
Barbara WaltersBarbara Walters
As Herself (Co-Anchor 1979-2004, Saturday Anchor 2013-)
Chris CuomoChris Cuomo
As Himself (Co-Anchor 2009-2013)
John StosselJohn Stossel
As Himself (Co-Anchor 2003-2009)
John Miller (1)John Miller (1)
As Himself (Co-Anchor 2002-2003)
Connie ChungConnie Chung
As Herself (Co-Anchor 1998-2000)
Diane SawyerDiane Sawyer
As Herself (Co-Anchor 1998-2000)
Sam DonaldsonSam Donaldson
As Himself (Co-Anchor 1998-2000)
Charles GibsonCharles Gibson
As Himself (Co-Anchor 1998-2000)

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Reviews: 1
Who lives?Rating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes

I watched this show last night and must say. The poor woman that was attacked by the mountain lion, you are very lucky you survived, however, what were you doing there to begin with? I believe that I saw a sign that warned that it was cougar (as we call them in Canada) country. Why as humans do we continue to push the animals to their limits and then are amazed when they attack us? To the poor man that the cougar killed first and partially devoured, do not ever ride, ski, run, boat, or jog alone. I believe we learn these lessons very young. I believe we must ride our bikes, jog, walk where it is safe. Not only are there four legged predators today but there are also alot of two legged predators that we have no control over. Read more

Review posted on Saturday, January 24th 2009 at 6:31 pm

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Classification: News
Genre: Drama
Status: Returning Series
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: June 06, 1978
Episode Order: 63
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