Michelle Gallardo
Michelle Gallardo is an Emmy Award-winning general assignment reporter for ABC7 Chicago. She joined Chicago's No. 1 news station in 2004.

Before coming to ABC 7, Michelle spent three years as weather anchor/reporter at Univision Chicago. In all, Michelle has over 20 years of producing and reporting experience that includes local, national, and international news.

Michelle also has extensive experience in the area of documentary production. In 2004, following the Asian tsunami, she travelled to Thailand and Sri Lanka to cover its aftermath. Airing on The Weather Channel and National Geographic's Storm Stories series, the resulting shows earned "Best Documentary" awards at the 2005 Telly's.

Originally from Mexico, Michelle began her on-camera career as an entertainment reporter for Television Azteca in Mexico City. While there, from 1998 to 2000 she travelled to the U.S frequently, interviewing the top celebrities of the day.

Exciting as that was, Michelle jumped at the opportunity to freelance at CNN's Mexico City bureau. This was during the now historic 2000 presidential elections, in which Mexico's ruling party lost power for the first time in 70 years.

Some of Michelle's earliest experience however was gained through opportunities provided to her by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she attended graduate School. Both in 1996, they include a brief stint as Washington correspondent for WMAQ radio, and as production assistant for GMTV (Good Morning Television) in London. It was upon returning to the U.S that Michelle began her career in earnest. She landed jobs in Washington DC as an associate producer and field producer for Hearst-Argyle TV and Conus Communications respectively.

Born in Mexico City, Michelle is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and is fully bilingual and bicultural. She was raised spending school years in Mexico City and summers with her American family in New York.

Michelle received her undergraduate degree in international relations from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, in Mexico. She also holds a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Michelle currently lives in downtown Chicago. She's a marathon runner and Ironman triathlete. She also enjoys scuba diving, theater, film, art, reading, cooking and travel.

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Michelle's Stories
New COVID-19 restrictions from Gov. Pritzker draw pushback from mayors, restaurant owners
Some suburban mayors have joined restaurant owners in pushing back against the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Illinois Restaurant Association to vote on lawsuit challenging indoor dining ban
"If we don't fight, there's no tomorrow, so today's important."
New Chicago COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants include indoor dining ban; Illinois Restaurant Association explores legal action
A citywide ban on indoor dining is among the new COVID-19 mitigation restrictions that will be imposed on Chicago this week.
Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 4K coronavirus cases, 46 deaths; some high school winter sports 'on hold,' Pritzker says
High school athletes in Illinois now have some more clarity about which winter sports will and won't be allowed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 4,729 coronavirus cases, 17 deaths; Suburban Cook County restrictions announced
As COVID-19 cases, positivity rate and hospitalizations continue to rise in Illinois, new COVID-19 restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining, will be imposed on suburban Cook County.
Indiana police investigate motive behind dead body found with multiple bullet wounds in Griffith
Police are investigating a dead body with multiple gunshot wounds that was found on the ground.
Restaurants in DuPage, Will, Kane, Kankakee counties push back on COVID-19 restrictions: 'We're fighting for our livelihood'
Suburban cities like Aurora are pledging to help businesses affected during the latest shutdown of indoor dining, but some restaurants are refusing to do so altogether.
Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 4,342 new coronavirus cases, 69 deaths; Pritzker outlines vaccine distribution plan
Illinois public health officials announced 4,342 new cases of COVID-19, along with 69 additional deaths Wednesday.
Illinois COVID-19: IL reports 3,714 new coronavirus cases, 41 deaths; restrictions tightened on south, west suburbs
Gov. JB Pritzker is tightening restrictions in some Chicago suburbs as Illinois sees a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
Chicago could return to Phase 3 rules with sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Lightfoot says
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is sounding the alarm over a big jump in COVID-19 cases in Chicago.