Chuck Goudie's reputation for being one of Chicago's toughest investigative reporters spans more than two decades. He has been the chief investigative reporter for ABC 7 News since 1990, often breaking major news stories before other media. He joined ABC 7 as a news reporter in 1980.
Goudie's compelling and hard-hitting investigative reporting not only wins major awards but gets results. For example, in 1998 it was Goudie who first exposed the "Licenses-for-Bribes" investigation, revealing Illinois commercial drivers' licenses being sold to hundreds of unqualified truckers. His groundbreaking investigation prompted the FBI to go undercover, leading to dozens of federal corruption indictments all the way up to former Governor George Ryan. In 2004, his six-month investigation documenting misconduct, accidents and negligence by top members of the Illinois State Police unit that guards Governor Blagojevich, resulted in the governor ordering a thorough state police overhaul. His 1993 investigation of sexual abuse allegations against the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin resulted in the cardinal's accuser withdrawing charges. Other important investigations have shut down a business catering to illegal drug use and a shady, unregistered charity in Chicago.
Previously, Goudie served at WSOC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a main sports anchor (1978-80) and general assignment reporter (1977-78). He gained early television experience at the age of 12, when he won a regular role on two weekly children's shows on WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Mich. (1968-72).
Goudie has won many of broadcasting's top honors, including a National Emmy Award in 2004 for exposing how government agencies and chemical companies were unprotected against a deadly terrorist attack.
In 1998, Goudie was honored with the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuous Television News Reporting. He has also received numerous reporting awards from the Associated Press; Emmy awards from the Chicago Television Academy; Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and Herman Kogan awards from the Chicago Bar Association.
Goudie has investigated and reported news stories from four continents; from New York's "Ground Zero"; war zones in the Middle East, the Arabian Sea and the Balkans; and from behind the walls of the Vatican.
A member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Goudie is a regular speaker at their international conference. He won a Chicago/Midwest Father of the Year Award from the Father of the Year Council in 1992.
In addition to his broadcast work, Goudie writes a weekly column for the Daily Herald, the third largest daily paper in metro Chicago.
Born in suburban Detroit, Michigan, Goudie holds a B.A. degree in Telecommunications and Political Science from Michigan State University. He is married to Teri Goudie, a former ABC 7 news producer and now a media consultant and crisis trainer. They have five children.
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