A woman who was abducted at age 14 and held prisoner for eight months has been hired by ABC News, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Elizabeth Smart will appear on multiple platforms as a contributor covering missing persons cases.
Said Julie Townsend, a spokesperson for ABC News: "She’ll help our viewers better understand missing person stories from someone with the perspective to know what a family experiences when a loved one goes missing."
Smart, now 23, has become an advocate for stronger laws on abduction. Townsend said Smart’s work with ABC will focus on "looking ahead, not looking back at her own story."
The story adds: “Smart’s story has been well-told. Her family published a book about her ordeal. She was interviewed by former NBC News anchor Katie Couric for a ‘Dateline NBC’ special soon after she was found. She went on ‘Oprah,’ ‘Larry King Live’ and even E! for a special called ‘Young, Beautiful & Vanished: 15 Unthinkable Crimes.’ And CBS adapted Smart’s book for a TV movie in 2003.”
Smart is expected to debut on ABC News in the next two weeks. However, she will reportedly not be involved in an ABC special focusing on another high-profile abduction, the Jaycee Dugard case. That special is scheduled to air this Sunday.