Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart gets job as a correspondent for ABC News

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Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart is poised to become a a correspondent for ABC News, it emerged today.
The 23-year-old, who was abducted and held captive for nine months when she was just 14, will report on missing persons cases for Good Morning America.
She has spoken extensively about her ordeal in a string of interviews but has not previously worked as a presenter or interviewer.

New role: Elizabeth Smart will be missing persons correspondent for ABC News and could be on air as soon as next week


An ABC spokesman said that the focus would not be Smart's own experiences but her ability to bring insight to those of others.
'This is definitely not about looking backward and telling her story, which has been well told and retold, Julie Townsend told The Daily Beast.
'(Her) role will be helping viewers understand missing persons stories from the perspectives of knowing with a family experiences when a loved on goes missing.'
Smart, who comes across as a confident and self-possessed young woman, may be on air as soon as next week.



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The move comes just weeks after she attended a court in Utah to see Brian David Mitchell handed two life sentences for her kidnap.
Mitchell's estranged wife Wanda Breeze is serving 15 years in a Texas federal prison hospital for her role in the kidnapping.
Smart was abducted from her bed in the family home in Salt Lake City at knifepoint and ***** almost daily during her nine month's of captivity.





Self-styled preacher: Brian David Mitchell (left) received two life sentences for kidnapping Smart, seen here before her abduction in 2002


Mitchell, a 57-year-old former street preacher, kept her tethered to a tree at his camp in hills near her house.
She was forced to drink alcohol and take drugs and her kidnappers made her wear a variety of disguises to keep her concealed.

Her ordeal only came to an end when she was spotted by motorists.
Smart has since studied music at Brigham Young University and had said she wanted to become a lawyer after her experiences with the judicial system.
She also supports the RADKIDS - resist aggression defensively - foundation, which teaches children how to take physical action when they are tied up or held captive.
News of Smart's appointment comes just days before ABC broadcasts an interview with Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was also kidnapped as a child.
Seized as an 11-year-old, she was forced to have two children with her abductor and was only freed after 18 years.
Her memoir A Stolen Life will be published next week.

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Its sort similar to how John Walsh became the host of America's Most Wanted or even more recently Natalie Holloway's mother's host a show on a cable network.
 

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Good for her. Glad to hear she can use her horrible experience for good.
 

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I'm actually happy for her. She's been through a lot, so why not make a buck from it. If I could make serious $$$$ after something horrific happened to me I'd hang my whore shingle out and wait for the offers to come in. I'm fancy and like nice things.
 

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'This is definitely not about looking backward and telling her story, which has been well told and retold.
Bullshit. She's being exploited. But she's an adult and seems to be all for it so what the hell...
 

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How is he a scumbag? Seriously.
Watch the episode where they ripped off To Catch a Predator. He waited until the little nerdy pedos were cuffed then he started talking shit. The guy made a fortune off his kid's death.
 

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He also helped catch thousands of dangerous criminals. I don't see the problem.
 

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Watch the episode where they ripped off To Catch a Predator. He waited until the little nerdy pedos were cuffed then he started talking shit. The guy made a fortune off his kid's death.
The man knows how to make lemonade.
 

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Its sort similar to how John Walsh became the host of America's Most Wanted or even more recently Natalie Holloway's mother's host a show on a cable network.
I like this better though because whatever is said/done will have a more honest feel to it, since she herself was the victim of the crime, rather than a parent. Not to trivialize their suffering or anything, but hearing from the victim themselves whenever it is possible is better.
 

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Here's a great clip of her telling Nancy Grace off :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x8ARIxg51I&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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Here's a great clip of her telling Nancy Grace off :

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I wouldn't compare her to John Walsh. He's a scumbag.
Watch the episode where they ripped off To Catch a Predator. He waited until the little nerdy pedos were cuffed then he started talking shit. The guy made a fortune off his kid's death.
He also helped catch thousands of dangerous criminals. I don't see the problem.
Yeah I wouldn't hold that one incident against John Walsh. The guy has still done a hell of lot of good. Besides how do we know that it was the brilliant television executives at Fox who came up with that idea.