John Drury (television anchor)

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John Drury
WLS TV Eyewitness News team 1972.JPG
Eyewitness News team, 1972. Back, from left: anchor John Drury, anchor Joel Daly. Front, from left: weatherman John Coleman, anchor Fahey Flynn, sportscaster Bill Frink.
Born (1927-01-04)January 4, 1927
Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died November 25, 2007(2007-11-25) (aged 80)
Wheaton, Illinois, United States
Occupation Television news anchorman
Spouse(s) Marjorie Foulk (1932-1987)
Ann Guecerio
Children Logan

John R. Drury (January 4, 1927 – November 25, 2007) was a television news anchorman from Chicago, IL. He appeared on both WGN-TV and WLS-TV. 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.


In 1955, Drury's broadcasting career began at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. He anchored and reported on the 10 p.m. news until leaving in 1962.[1]

He then joined WBBM-TV. 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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] Drury retired in 2002 after 40 years in the business.[2] He won one more Chicago Emmy in 2003 for his news report, "9/11/02 The New Homeland."


  • Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame Induction - 1996
  • Chicago Emmy Award for Individual Excellence - 1983, 1987, 1988 and 2003 [1]
  • 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 [2]
  • John Drury Day - February 27, 2002 - Chicago: Mayor Richard M. Daley

Conversely, the John Drury High School Radio Awards are named after him.

Personal and death[edit]

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.[2] Drury lived mostly in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, but later moved to Wheaton, Illinois when he remarried. He died at 7:34 pm, on November 25, 2007 in his home in Wheaton, surrounded by his family.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "John Drury's ABC7 Bio". Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brain Waves Vol. 7 No. 2" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  3. ^ Longtime Chicago Anchorman, John Drury Dies

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