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
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Pedestrian killed in Edison Park hit-and-run on Northwest Side, Chicago police say
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night in Edison Park on the Northwest Side.
Tense moments unfold on police scanner after man steals, crashes car with kids still inside
A man stole and crashed a car containing two children on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said.
Chicago is past omicron peak, but not out of woods yet, Dr. Allison Arwady says
Chicago has officially passed the peak of omicron infections, the city's top doctor announced Wednesday.
COVID vaccine: Cook County brings back 3 mass vaccination sites amid appointment shortage
Nearly six months after closing them for lack of demand, Cook County is bringing back three mass COVID vaccination sites.
CPS school canceled for 3rd day amid impasse over Chicago Teachers Union vote for remote learning
Chicago Public Schools said classes are canceled again Friday after the Chicago Teachers Union voted earlier this week to switch to remote learning.
CPS news update: School canceled for 2nd day after CTU votes for remote learning
Chicago Public Schools said they will cancel classes again Thursday after the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday night to switch to remote learning.
Chicago Public Schools cancels classes after CTU votes for switch to remote learning
The Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday night to switch to remote learning, which Chicago Public Schools said will prompt them to cancel classes Wednesday.
Chicago Teachers Union plans vote on remote learning as CPS students return from winter break
Chicago Public Schools students went back to classrooms Monday as the CTU appears to be setting the stage for another showdown with the district.
Travelers left frustrated amid continued flight cancelations, delays due to weather, COVID disrupt
According to TSA estimates, 10 million people will have flown through the nation's airports from Friday through Monday.