John Drury, one of Chicago’s most respected and beloved journalists, has died at his home in Wheaton, Illinois, from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS disease. He was 80-years old. Before his retirement from ABC7 Chicago in 2002, Drury anchored the top-rated 10:00 p.m. newscast for 16 years, becoming a fixture in Chicago broadcasting during an iconic career that spanned four decades here.
According to ABC7 President and General Manager, Emily Barr, “John was the consummate journalist - driven, passionate about telling the truth and of course, a great communicator. Throughout his 50-year career, viewers trusted him to deliver the news with fairness and accuracy and he never let them down. He was a wonderful, caring man who conducted himself with grace, loved to laugh and always made others feel at ease. All of us who worked with him are richer for having had the opportunity to be his colleague and his friend. We miss him and wish his devoted wife Ann and his family peace.”