Wagmeister, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Wagmeister

Senior Correspondent (Interviewer) at Variety

Elizabeth is an award-winning multimedia entertainment journalist. She is senior correspondent at Variety, and former co-host of the nationally-syndicated newsmagazine "Page Six TV.” She was named onto Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2019. Elizabeth’s versatile range of skills gives her the unique ability to pivot from intrepid reporter to relatable TV host. She balances many roles as a broadcaster, red carpet reporter, investigative and print journalist. Elizabeth has established herself as a leading voice in entertainment news by breaking highly influential stories, including the bombshell Matt Lauer investigation, which dominated the global news cycle and resulted in swift impact. Through her integrity, trustworthiness and professionalism, Elizabeth has the ability to put interview subjects at ease, which enabled her to land exclusive interviews with alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly. During her five years at Variety, Elizabeth has written numerous cover stories, including Variety’s wildly popular Power of Women issue and the Young Hollywood issue. For the past four years, Elizabeth has been part of the team behind the Emmy-winning PBS series, "Variety's Actors on Actors.” Elizabeth’s journalistic work is frequently recognized by the industry. She has been nominated for multiple LA Press Club awards, including a nomination for her sit-down interview with Leah Remini about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology. In 2019, Elizabeth was nominated for a Webby Award for Best News and Politics Video for her exclusive interview with an accuser of Tom Brokaw. In 2018, Elizabeth won the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism award for best celebrity investigative piece for her Matt Lauer reporting. As one of three hosts of the nightly entertainment news series, "Page Six TV," Elizabeth served as the expert on the “business of show-business,” bringing credibility, reporting and journalistic skills to a celebrity gossip show. Elizabeth was recruited, without an agent, for “Page Six TV,” which was her first-ever audition. After more than a year of screen tests by Endemol Shine North America and Fox’s 20th Television, she was the only original talent individual from nationwide auditions who was ultimately hired to launch “Page Six TV,” which became Fox’s top-rated summer test run in 2016, before launching into national syndication. After initially being cast as a panelist, Elizabeth was promoted to official co-host, six months after the series debuted. Elizabeth began her broadcast career with frequent guest spots across national and local news, serving as an entertainment expert, representing the esteemed publications where she was on staff. In 2016, she landed a weekly segment on "Good Day LA,” and since, has been seen on "The Talk," "Wendy Williams," "Access Hollywood," "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra," "Today," "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning," “ABC Nightline,” Fox News, CNN and more. In 2019, when Wendy Williams took a highly-publicized hiatus from her daytime talk show, Elizabeth was asked to sit in as the first guest co-host. She is currently the host, writer and producer of Variety's digital series "Daily Variety,” which is showcased on Variety.com with more than 20 million unique viewers per month. She also regularly moderates live panels with major celebrities, producers, executives and newsmakers. Known for asking smart and tough questions, Elizabeth is a staple on the New York red carpet scene and knows how to nab a newsworthy soundbite in high-pressure scenarios with limited time – not to mention, talent enjoys talking to her and seeks her out on the red carpet for an interview. Her red carpet coverage is among Variety’s most-viewed video content online, and her interviews often go viral on social media. She also covers major festivals from Sundance to SXSW, and is an award season expert from the Oscars to Emmys to Teen Choice Awards and VMA’s. Prior to Variety, Elizabeth was the Senior Entertainment Editor at Bonnie Fuller’s HollywoodLife.com where, at 24-years-old, Fuller hand-picked her to run the site’s TV and film vertical for an audience of 35+ million unique visitors. Her YouTube videos amassed more than 30 million views during her eight months at the company, before she was recruited to move across the country for Variety. Elizabeth started her career at TV Guide Magazine as the assistant to the editor-in-chief and rose the ranks as a writer and reporter. During her junior year of college, she was one of 25 students and the only representative from California selected for the prestigious Associated Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) internship program, before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with dual degrees in communication and multimedia writing. While she was a student at UCSB, Elizabeth held many internships, including working the assignment desk at Fox 11 KTTV. She launched her university’s HerCampus chapter, becoming one of the first 10 college journalists in the country to work for Her Campus Media, which is now in more than 340 universities in the United States. Elizabeth was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and has resided in both L.A. and NYC.

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