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
Man tried to abduct girl, 14, leaving DePaul College Prep in Irving Park East: police
Chicago police are investigating an incident in which a man in a lime green vehicle attempted to abduct a 14-year-old girl who was leaving DePaul College Prep in Irving Park East Monday evening.
Chicago holds 1st of 4 free flu shot clinics this week
If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, it's not too late - and you can get it for free.
Questions raised over charges against man seen on video being body-slammed by Chicago officer
A Chicago man is facing an aggravated battery charge in an incident captured on video that shows him being slammed to the ground by an officer Thursday.
Teen artist living with Down syndrome hosts downtown Chicago exhibit to help others
Emmett Kyoshi hosted an art exhibit in downtown Chicago Saturday night, showing the world that the extra chromosome he was born with is anything but a disability.
Rev. Clay Evans, Chicago pastor and civil rights leader, dead at 94
Reverend Clay Evans, a legendary Chicago pastor and civil rights leader, passed away Wednesday. He was 94 years old.
Man, 26, charged with murder, sex assault of UIC student Ruth George, police say
A 26-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder in the death of UIC student Ruth George, who was found strangled in a campus parking garage.
Jefferson Park woman facing charges for soliciting murder
A Chicago woman is charged with trying to hire someone to kill a woman who prosecutors say she believed to be responsible for the breakup of her previous relationship.
Female student reported missing found dead in vehicle at UIC parking garage
A female student who was reported missing by her family was found dead in a vehicle at a University of Illinois at Chicago parking garage Saturday.
Jussie Smollett files counterclaim against Chicago saying prosecution was 'malicious'
Jussie Smollett and his attorneys have filed a counterclaim against the City of Chicago and several individuals in federal court.
'She remembers everything': Parents of girl shot while trick-or-treating recall horrific Halloween night
Sticking close to her parents, Gisselle Zamago smiled shyly in her pink unicorn hat and barely uttered a word as her parents spoke to ABC7's Michelle Gallardo.