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John Drury (January 4, 1927 – November 25, 2007) was an anchorman from Chicago, ILmarker. He appeared on both WGN-TVmarker and WLS-TVmarker. Upon his retirement came the news that he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was a leading activist for ALS research and was a spokesperson for the Brain Research Foundation.

Career

In 1955, Drury's broadcasting career began at WTMJ-TVmarker in Milwaukee. He anchored and reported on the 10 p.m. news until leaving in 1962.

He then joined WBBM-TVmarker. He both anchored and reported news for them until 1967. During this time, he served as Fahey Flynn's first co-anchor.

Following his stint at WBBM-TV, Drury joined WGN-TV, where he served as the 10 p.m. news anchor until 1970. He then switched over to WLS-TV for his first stint on the ABC-owned station. He anchored their news until 1979 before going back to WGN-TV to be their anchorman again.

Drury stayed at WGN until 1984 during which he won numerous awards such as the Chicago Father of the Year and also a Chicago Emmy awards for Individual Excellence in 1983.

In August 1984, he rejoined WLS and took over the anchorman job for their 10 p.m. newscasts. He won two more Chicago Emmy awards for Individual Excellence in 1987 and 1988. Drury retired in 2002 after 40 years in the business. He won one more Chicago Emmy in 2003 for his news report, "9/11/02 The New Homeland."

Awards

  • Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame Induction - 1996
  • Chicago Emmy Award for Individual Excellence - 1983, 1987, 1988 and 2003
  • Illinois Journalist of the Year - 2002
  • Chicago Press Veteran of the Year - 2002
  • Chicago Father of the Year - 1983
  • Better Government Association's Distinguished Journalism Award - 1989
  • Silver Circle Award - 1996
  • John Drury Day - February 27, 2002 - Chicago: Mayor Richard M. Daley


Personal and Death

Drury was married to his wife Marjorie and had 4 children, Logan, James, Richard, and Susan.

Upon Marjorie's death in 1987 , Drury remarried to wife Ann Guecerio. Drury lived mostly in Glen Ellyn, Illinoismarker, but later moved to Wheaton, Illinoismarker when he remarried. He died at 7:34 pm, on November 25, 2007 in his home in Wheaton, surrounded by his family.

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