SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Elizabeth Smart is taking a job with ABC
News as a commentator focusing on missing persons and child
ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend tells The Associated Press that
the Utah woman who was kidnapped, raped and held captive at age 14 by a Salt Lake City street preacher can provide viewers with a
unique perspective on such cases.
Townsend says the deal with the now 23-year-old Smart has been
in the works for some time.
She says Smart could be on the air within the next few weeks.
Smart spokesman Chris Thomas says the Brigham Young University
music student wants to use the media position to create awareness
about cases involving missing children.
In May, Brian David Mitchell was sentenced to life without
parole in federal prison for Smart's 2002 abduction.
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