WHEATON, Ill. (AP) _ Longtime Chicago television anchor John Drury died on
Sunday, the TV station where he worked until his retirement announced. He was
80 years old.
Drury died at his home in Wheaton after a long battle with ALS, also known as
Lou Gehrig’s Disease, said Jennifer Graves, a vice president at Chicago’s ABC
The Peoria-born Drury began working as a news anchor for ABC 7’s 10 p.m.
newscast in 1984, retiring in 2002. He also worked earlier for several other
Chicago television stations, including WGN. Drury started his broadcasting
career in 1955 at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.
“John passed away peacefully this evening at his home surrounded by his
family,” a Sunday statement from his family said. “Not only did he fight ALS,
he gave back to the community by raising awareness to this disease.”
Former colleagues praised the celebrated newsman’s professionalism and
“John was the consummate journalist — driven, passionate about telling the
truth and, of course, a great communicator,” said Emily Barr, ABC 7’s
president and general manager.
Drury is survived by his wife Ann, and by four children.