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.