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Ms. Elizabeth Ivy Wagmeister


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Elizabeth Wagmeister 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 balances many roles as a broadcaster, red carpet reporter, investigative and print journalist. In 2019, she was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30. 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, she puts interview subjects at ease. This ability enabled her to land exclusive interviews with alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly. She is currently covering Weinstein’s criminal trial at the New York City courthouse for Variety. During her five years at Variety, Elizabeth has written cover stories for the Power of Women and Young Hollywood issues. She has also been part of the team for the magazine’s 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, she was nominated for a Webby Award for the Best News and Politics Video for her exclusive interview with an accuser of Tom Brokaw. In 2018, Elizabeth, along with her Variety editor, won the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism award for best celebrity investigative piece for their 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. 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 “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “Wendy Williams,” “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Today,” “The Tamron Hall Show,” “CBS This Morning,” “ABC Nightline,” Fox News, Fox Business, CNN and more. In 2019, when Wendy Williams took a hiatus from her daytime talk show, Elizabeth was asked to sit in as one of the first guest co-hosts. In February 2020, she was asked to be part of ABC’s Academy Awards pre-show, featured as a special contributor on ABC’s “Oscars Countdown: The Red Carpet Live.” With more than 20 million unique viewers per month, Elizabeth currently hosts, writes, and produces digital videos for 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 and interviews often go viral on Variety’s 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 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 the University of California- 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 ten college journalists in the country to work for Her Campus Media, which is now in more than 400 universities in the United States. Elizabeth was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and has resided in both Los Angeles and New York City.

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