ABC News’ Chris Bury has been named national correspondent for the network. The long-time Nightline correspondent will be based in Chicago and report around the country for all ABC News broadcasts including Nightline.
In an ABC press release, news division president David Westin says, “Chris is a superb reporter who excels at every assignment he is given. He is a strong storyteller with a unique voice. We are fortunate to have someone of Chris’s caliber covering the center of the country for us.”
The entire release is after the jump…
September 11, 2007
CHRIS BURY NAMED ABC NEWS NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT
Chris Bury has been named ABC News National Correspondent, News President David Westin announced today. A long-time â€œNightlineâ€ correspondent, Mr. Bury will be based in Chicago and report around the country for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms including â€œNightlineâ€.
â€œChris is a superb reporter who excels at every assignment he is given,â€ said Mr. Westin. â€œHe is a strong storyteller with a unique voice. We are fortunate to have someone of Chrisâ€™s caliber covering the center of the country for us.â€
Mr. Bury has been a correspondent for ABC News â€œNightlineâ€ since January 1993 and served as former anchor Ted Koppelâ€™s principal substitute anchor. Mr. Bury also anchored â€œUp Closeâ€ from June 2002 to January 2003. He joined ABC News in 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Chicago.
Mr. Bury has covered many international and national stories. In September 2003 he reported and anchored â€œNightlineâ€ from Afghanistan. During the Iraq war, he reported from U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar and anchored “Nightline” from Qatar and Washington, D.C. He covered the 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions as well as those from 2000, the impeachment and Senate trial of President Clinton, the 1996 presidential race, the Clinton White House, and Whitewater. Mr. Bury also covered the Asian economic crisis, the political battle over health care reform, the 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. Mr. Bury also reported from South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia on the 1998 economic crisis in Asia. He has also reported from Haiti on the political turmoil. Mr. Bury 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 Bury covered the U.S. preparation for Operation Desert Shield from Saudi Arabia. He 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.
Mr. Bury was the correspondent for â€œThe Clinton Years,â€ the multi-part series airing on ABC News â€œNightlineâ€ and PBSâ€™s â€œFrontlineâ€ in January 2001. The program earned the Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism. He reported extensively on the Clinton administration, including covering the 1992 Clinton campaign for â€œWorld News Tonight.â€
Prior to joining ABC News, from 1981 to 1982, Mr. Bury was a reporter with KPRC-TV, Houston. Previously he was the co-host and principal reporter for â€œEXTRA,â€ 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.
Mr. Buryâ€™s accolades include five national Emmy Awards for his work at â€œNightline.â€ He contributed to â€œNightlineâ€ 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 â€œWorld News Tonightâ€ 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. 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 to Catherine Catalane. They have two sons, Jack and Charles.