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
Millennium Park continues 20th anniversary celebrations in downtown Chicago; Common to perform
Chicago music artist Common is set to perform a free concert Saturday as the city continued its four-day birthday celebration of the lakefront campus in the heart of downtown.
Millennium Park kicks off 20th anniversary celebrations Thursday; Common to perform Saturday
Millennium Park celebrates its twentieth birthday starting Thursday.
Council passes ordinance that would impose fines after antisemitic flyers found in Lincoln Park
Chicago City Council took up the topic of "hate littering" Wednesday, and whether those who leave antisemitic flyers can be fined.
Secret Service, Chicago police responsible for securing rooftops around United Center during DNC
It will be up to CPD to secure the soft perimeter, meaning everything outside of the convention, and that may be where the biggest challenges lie.
Donald Trump supporters hold rally in Chicago day after assassination attempt
A rally hosted by Trump supporters in the Austin neighborhood was briefly interrupted after a verbal altercation with those who did not welcome their presence led to a person pulling a weapon.
Family IDs tow truck driver killed in Roseland shootout as father of 3: 'He was just doing his job'
Family has identified the Chicago tow truck driver killed in a Far South Side shootout early Wednesday morning.
Tow truck driver shot, killed while on job in Roseland; 1 other dead, witness and CPD say
Two people, including a tow-truck driver, were killed in a shootout on the Far South Side Wednesday morning, Chicago police said.
Off-duty Kane County sheriff's deputy fatally shot person near Elgin gas station, officials say
Witnesses say it was around 4:30 p.m. Monday when they heard gunshots near or at a Mobil Gas Station.
Northwestern College students unsure if they'll get money back, credits transferred after closure
The abrupt closure, which the college blames on its fiscal position, appears to leave its 500-odd students high and dry.
Chicago shootings: At least 100 shot, 17 fatally, in citywide holiday weekend gun violence, CPD says
At least 100 people have been shot, 17 fatally, in gun violence across Chicago since Wednesday evening during the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend, police said.