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WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - Longtime Chicago television anchor JohnDrury has died, according to WLS-TV, where he worked until his retirement five years ago. He was 80.

Drury died Sunday at his home after a long battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, said Jennifer Graves, a vice president at Chicago's ABC 7.

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.

Former colleagues praised the celebrated newsman's professionalism and storytelling skills.

"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.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press


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