Derrick Blakley

derrick blakley Derrick BlakleyDerrick Blakley is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

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In June 2003, Blakley returned to CBS after 15 years at NBC 5 Chicago. Previously, he had worked for CBS News for seven years, based in Chicago, London and Bonn, Germany.

Blakley, a five-time Emmy Award winner, started at WMAQ-TV as a general assignment reporter. He later anchored the weekend morning newscasts and, finally, the weekend evening news.

Blakley got his start in television news as a reporter at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. He began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

Blakley, a Chicago native, graduated from Hales Franciscan High School, and now serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois.

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Like Angelina Jolie, Chicago Woman with BRCA1 Gene Opts for Preventative Surgery

Last march, Lincoln Park’s Erin Kerewich, mother of two, felt a lump in her breast. It wasn’t cancer, but shortly thereafter, she got news that gave her a lump in her throat.

03/24/2015

Joliet police say Williamson, the three kids, and that female driver were riding in a Saturn car in the 100 block of Mississippi Avenue when several persons waiting on the street opened fire on the car.
(Credit: CBS)

Joliet Woman Fatally Shot In Car With Three Kids Inside

A 20-year-old Joliet woman was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while riding in a car that had three young children inside.

03/11/2015

The Jane Byrne Interchange (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Byrne Interchange Ramp Closures Begin

Ramp closures started Tuesday night for a 16-month construction project fixing the Jane Byrne Interchange.

03/10/2015

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. (Getty Images)

Many Bulls Fans Despondent Over Latest Rose Injury

After Bulls guard Derrick Rose’s latest knee injury, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports shock and disbelief pretty much sums up the reaction from most Bulls fans.

02/25/2015

Ralph Peterson of the Rosemoor Little League. (CBS)

South Side Little League Coach: JRW Must ‘Abide By The Rules’

The heads of South Side Little Leagues have largely remained silent. Until now. One president speaks out for the first time to CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

02/19/2015

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks to guests at a luncheon hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Potential Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Delivers Foreign Policy Speech In Chicago

Jeb Bush hasn’t officially declared for president, but you wouldn’t know it from his speech today at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs.

02/18/2015

Riverside Brookfield High School. (Credit: CBS)

Riverside Brookfield HS Considers Selling Naming Rights For New Stadium

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports no one’s ever said the streets around Riverside-Brookfield High School are paved with gold, but school officials are hoping to change that.

02/17/2015

Andrew Wilson saved a girl's life using CPR. (Credit: CBS)

Streamwood Teen Uses CPR To Save Girl’s Life

A Streamwood teenager is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a girl, thanks to a skill he had but never thought he’d ever use.

02/16/2015

A Chicago Police body camera. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police To Begin Testing Body Cams This Week

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports Chicago cops will be testing body cams clipped to an officers uniform and also point of view cameras clipped an officer’s glasses or head gear.

01/20/2015

Illinois Lottery Register (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Past Lotto Winner Offers Advice For Person With Winning Mega Millions Ticket

The winner of Friday’s Mega Million’s $270 million jackpot has not yet come forward after the winning ticket, 26-32-44-45-58, was sold at a gas station in Glendale Heights.

01/19/2015

Park Forest police officer Craig Taylor (left) is charged with reckless conduct in the death of 95-year-old John Wrana (right). Taylor shot Wrana with beanbag rounds while police were trying to subdue Wrana at the nursing home where he lived. (Credit: CBS/Supplied Photo)

Expert On Police Tactics Testifies In Wrana Trial

Good cop just doing his job or a rogue police officer responsible for the death of a 95-year-old man? The question will be answered in a Markham courtroom.

01/14/2015

A resident and four police officers were injured in a fire in west suburban Berwyn early Wednesday. (Photo from Network Video Productions)

Berwyn Officers Honored For Pulling Woman From Burning Home

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talked with the police heroes a day after they sprang into action.

01/08/2015

Shedd Aquarium

School Cancellations Have Parents Scrambling To Keep Kids Busy

With most school systems shut down on late notice, Chicago area parents looking to occupy their kids scrambled for options.

01/07/2015

Bishop Donald Hying. (Credit: CBS)

Bishop Donald Hying Installed As New Head Of Gary Diocese

He is the youngest of six and now the leader of Gary’s Catholic community.

01/06/2015

Meet Matthew Hower, who was born shortly after midnight on New Year's Day 2015. (CBS)

New Year Brings Newborns

Maximus Edward Maise arrived at one minute past midnight and may be the first Chicago-area baby to be born. But stories like that played out across the region, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

01/01/2015

New Year's Eve

Chicagoans Get Ready To Ring In New Year

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports safety is definitely being emphasized at Navy Pier, along with all the celebrating.

12/31/2014

An indoor sprinkler during a fire drill. (CBS)

City Taking High-Rise Buildings To Court Over Fire Regulations

City Hall is sending some 400 residential high rises to court and buildings that could face stiff fines for failing to meet a January 1 fire safety deadline.

12/30/2014

Photo Of Walgreen Sign. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Some Christmas Shoppers Wait Until Very Last Minute

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports on Christmas, an Oak Park Walgreens became a procrastinator’s paradise.

12/25/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ravenswood home.  (Credit: CBS)

Candidate Asks: How Could Emanuel Bodyguards Have Missed Attack On Mayor’s Son?

Ald. Bob Fioretti commented Monday about the Friday night robbery of Mayor Emanuel’s son outside the family’s North Side home. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

12/22/2014

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

New Reforms Aim To Make Police Lineups More Reliable

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at a new law that protects the innocent.

12/18/2014

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