Meet Derrick Young, CBS 2’s New Traffic Reporter

CHICAGO (CBS) — We have a long-awaited winner for our Traffic Tryouts contest at CBS 2.

Derrick Young will be CBS 2’s new traffic reporter. He has been spending his time in the classroom at two schools in Matteson School District 162, teaching character education. He also conducts a high school program and an after-school fitness program at Harlan Community Academy, 9652 S. Michigan Ave.

As CBS 2’s Steve Bartelstein reports, from the moment you meet Derrick, you notice his charisma and passion.

“He has a certain vibe; like when he walks into a room, you can feel it. You can feel his presence, and I love that,” said one of his students, Jasmine Bovia.

This is why Derrick’s students believe in him, and themselves.

“It made me feel good; I believe in myself,” said student Armani Griffin.

Armani is just one of many who have learned life lessons from Derrick, about education, responsibility and character.

“I feel like I’m speaking life into those words; like I’m actually doing them instead of just reading them off of a paper,” Jasmine said.

Very little in Derrick’s classroom comes from the pages of a book; it’s more from the heart. And by leading with that heart, Derrick leads by example.

“My younger brothers and stuff – I’m role models for them, because they look up to me and stuff like that,” said Mario, one of Derrick’s students.

But Derrick is also real like that. He gets a candid answer when he asks his students if any of them didn’t want to come to school one day.

“I’m trying, you know, and I think that’s what it’s all about, is example,” Derrick said.

If it takes a village, Derrick’s village is quick to say what we saw.

“I have two daughters who are in college,” said Derrick’s sister, Rosalyn Johnson. “He tells them both, ‘Your first date will be with Uncle D, because I’m going to take you out, and I’m going to set the standard of what you should expect from every young man.”

Derrick’s students were thrilled to see him as a CBS 2 Traffic Tryouts finalists.

“I feel like the people who watch him – they’re going to be smiling for the rest of the day,” Jasmine said.

So with his new gig at CBS 2, will Derrick stay in the classroom?

“I would love to be able to do that – probably transitioning more to after-school programs, but absolutely plan to stay in the schools and do what I’m doing,” he said.

  • Harriet

    We all love Derrick. He seems to be such a wonderful person and as traffice reporter wil do a great jub. If students like him… then we all will love him too.
    Keep up the good job Derrick… we are all for you.

  • Marc

    Very proud of you Derrick, and sure you will do a great job.

  • Camilla

    Derrick is phenomenal and I’m sure he will bring a very positive energy and vibe to the CBS traffic report each morning. As a friend of Derrick’s, I wish him the best and the CBS morning team can look forward to great things from their new traffic reporter!

  • Claudetta Mattox

    Congratulation Derrick, I know you will do a great job.

  • Russell Ray

    I am very proud of Derrick’s accomplishments prior to becoming the traffic reporter for CBS channel 2. You would think Derrick’s work in the academic / educational arena would qualify Him for news anchor or co-anchor instead of traffic reporter. Some people will be fooled by this example of CBS giving a crumb from the table to Derrick to pacify, instead of an equal slice of the pie to one who is qualified and deserves it.

    • Joe Washburn

      It was a contest for TRAFFIC REPORTER that he entered, not an open call for news anchors you dolt. Perhaps he can enjoy his $100k salary “crumb” in the position that he actively wanted to win…

    • John

      Your an idiot Russell. It was a contest for a traffic reporter. Are you saying that because Derrick is black that he deseres a shot to be anchor? Maybe he should audition for Katie Couric’s job.

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  • BN

    Good eye candy, this gives me a reason to watch;).

  • LEXX



    Wow.. Thanks for your confidence in my abilities Lexx, I truly appreciate it. I know that God has a place for us all….. and His perfect time to manifest it. This is Derrick’s time to shine, and I’m soooo excited for him! Congratulations Derrick and much continued success to you! I’ll be watching : )

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