Chris Bury is ABC News' National Correspondent based in Chicago. In this role he reports around the country for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including "World News," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America."
Bury's recent work for "Nightline" includes extensive reporting on the impact of methamphetamine abuse and a series on the H1N1 flu outbreak in the United States. Bury continued to report on the economic crisis for "World News" and the challenges facing the U.S. auto industry. Reporting from Detroit and throughout the Midwest, he has covered the story from all angles -- from the automakers' government bailout to subsequent bankruptcy proceedings to the effect on employees and the long-term impact on the region.
Before this assignment, Bury was a long-time correspondent for "Nightline," joining the late-night news program in January 1993, where he also served as former anchor Ted Koppel's principal substitute anchor. He also anchored "Up Close" from June 2002 to January 2003. He joined ABC News in 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Chicago.
Bury has covered many international and national stories throughout his career. In September 2003 he reported and anchored "Nightline" from Afghanistan. During the start of the Iraq war, he reported from U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar and anchored "Nightline" from Qatar and, later Washington, D.C. He has also long covered politics. He reported from the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as those in 2000, the impeachment and Senate trial of President Clinton, the 1996 and 1992 presidential races, the Clinton White House and Whitewater. He was the correspondent for "The Clinton Years," the multi-part series airing on ABC News' "Nightline" and PBS' "Frontline" in January 2001. The program earned the Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism. He also reported extensively on the Clinton administration for "World News Tonight," including coverage of the 1992 Clinton campaign.
Bury has covered the Asian economic crisis, the political battle over healthcare reform, American military policy in Somalia, gays in the military and the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. He reported from Israel and the West Bank during the 2002 Middle East conflict, from South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia on the 1998 economic crisis in Asia, and from Haiti on the political turmoil in that country. He reported extensively on the explosion of TWA Flight 800 and, in early 1995, on the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In 1990 he covered the U.S. preparation for Operation Desert Shield from Saudi Arabia, and also reported on the terrorist attack on TWA Flight 840 from Rome and Athens, the U.S. attack on Libya and, from London, on the British royal family.
Prior to joining ABC News, from 1981 to 1982 Bury was a reporter with KPRC-TV, Houston. Previously he was the co-host and principal reporter for "EXTRA," an award-winning television magazine program at KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Before joining KTVI-TV in January 1981, he was a political and investigative reporter for WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.
Bury's accolades include six national Emmy Awards for his work at "Nightline" and "World News with Charles Gibson." He contributed to "Nightline" broadcasts that earned two Peabody Awards in 2003. He is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the Whitewater story. He has also been recognized with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism School Award for Outstanding Television Reporting for a "World News Tonight" series on children in poverty, a 1998 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award from the University of Wisconsin, and the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southern Illinois University.
Bury was an instructor at Marquette University, College of Journalism from 1979-1980. He began his career in journalism in 1975 as a reporter for WLCX-Radio in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Bury received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in the same subject from the University of Wisconsin. He is married and has two sons.