CHICAGO — Chris Bury, a national correspondent for ABC News, will teach classes this fall at DePaul University as a senior journalist-in-residence. He joined the faculty of DePaul’s College of Communication July 1.
“I’m really looking forward to getting students excited about journalism at a truly revolutionary time in its history,” said Bury. “Yes, the business is under pressure but the explosion of new media also presents a fantastic opportunity for young and nimble journalists.
“No matter the technology, good storytelling will always be in demand,” he said. “My aim is to help DePaul journalism students become better reporters, writers and storytellers.”
The winner of six national Emmys and two Peabody awards, Bury reports throughout the U.S. for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including "World News," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America." He began his career with ABC News in 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Chicago.
“Chris brings with him a wealth of experience, impeccable credentials and a brand of values-based journalism,” said Bruno Teboul, interim dean for DePaul’s College of Communication.
“Throughout his career, he’s asked questions that speak to the political and social responsibility of the press and reported on issues that have a deep impact on the quality of human life. This makes him a great fit for our journalism programs and for the DePaul community at large,” Teboul said.
Bury’s online biographical information notes he was a correspondent for "Nightline," covering international and national stories throughout his 20-year career with the program. In September 2003, he reported and anchored "Nightline" from Afghanistan. During the start of the Iraq war, Bury reported from U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar, and anchored "Nightline" from Qatar and later from Washington, D.C.
He also has long covered politics. Bury reported from the 2000 and 2004 Democratic and Republican conventions, and covered the impeachment and Senate trial of President Bill Clinton, the 1992 and 1996 presidential races, and the Whitewater scandal. He was the correspondent for the series "The Clinton Years," which aired on "Nightline" and "Frontline" on PBS. The program earned the Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Bury’s relationship with DePaul began in 2008 when he gave the keynote speech during the celebration of the opening of the College of Communication, which had previously been a department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
“After talking to some faculty members, I realized the Vincentian approach fit perfectly with one of the classic missions of journalism: to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” Bury said.
A Midwest native, Bury received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a master’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
DePaul’s College of Communication is the second-largest provider of master’s degrees in communication in Illinois. It is the second largest provider of bachelor’s degrees in communication in the Chicago area. More at communication.depaul.edu.