Derrick Blakley

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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.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses reporters. (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Quells Revolt Over Crime-Fighting Spending

Mayor Emanuel nimbly snuffed out an aldermanic revolt over his spending priorities, almost as soon as it began.


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Aldermen In High-Crime Wards Defy Emanuel Over Use Of Surplus Money

Mayor Emanuel wants to plant trees and upgrade parks. But some aldermen insist that cash must go to fighting crime.


Faraz Baluch, originally from Pakistan, smiles as he becomes a new American citizen. (CBS)

25 Immigrants Are Now American Citizens

They came to America from 15 different nations, but 25 immigrants are now American citizens.


Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his annual budget address on Jan. 15, 2017, in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Offers Tax-Hike Guidance To End Illinois Budget Stalemate

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics Wednesday on what steps he’d accept to end the state’s nearly two-year budget stalemate, telling lawmakers he’s open to raising taxes on services such as car repairs or haircuts but not on food, medicine or retirement income.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Dems And Their Allies Bash Gov. Rauner On Eve Of State Budget Address

On Valentine’s Day, homecare workers and those they care for call Rauner heartless for insisting on reforms that for two years have held up a budget.



Emanuel Presses Trump White House For More Federal Resources

Public safety and transportation came up as Chicago’s mayor met with presidential aides Monday in Washington. CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Picture of UChicago's special report called "The American Face of ISIS." (CBS)

Report: Trump Travel Ban Attacks Nonexistent Terrorism Problem

A new University of Chicago report says Trump’s seven nation travel ban attacks a problem that doesn’t exist.



New Chicago Cops Graduate Amid Scrutiny

108 new cops have graduated and are about to hit Chicago streets, and Supt. Johnson has more faith in them than some Cleveland preacher.


A Caterpillar tractor at a plant  in East Peoria, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Peoria Takes A Hit As Caterpillar Moves Its Headquarters To Chicago

The Peoria location became an increasing liability for Caterpillar’s globe-trotting executives.


Protesters gather at Chicago O'Hare International airport on January 28, 2017. US President Donald Trump boasted Saturday that his 'very strict' crackdown on Muslim immigration was working 'very nicely,' amid mounting resistance to the order which has been branded by many as blatantly discriminatory.  (Photo credit: DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Not All Illinois Republicans Back Trump’s Travel Ban

Congressman Adam Kinzinger supported a review of vetting, but criticized the confusion the order caused.


President Donald Trump looks on after signing one of five executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the Oval Office of the White House January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L), White House Communications Director Hope Hicks (3rd R) and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (R). (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

Chicago Leaders Fire Back At Trump’s Afghanistan Reference

Chicago civic leaders at the City Club disputed President Trump’s implication that Afghanistan was less violent than Chicago.


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answers reporters’ questions during his first press briefing.  (CBS)

Sean Spicer: ‘Sometimes We Can Disagree With The Facts’

In his first press briefing, President Trump’s Press Secretary defended his claim that record numbers watched the inauguration


US President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Illinois Get Snubbed By Trump White House? Not Necessarily, Observer Says

The BGA’s Andy Shaw says key Illinois Republicans, like businessman—and fundraiser—Ron Gidwitz and some members of Congress are close to President Trump.


First Lady of the US Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, US Army Maj. General Bradley Becker, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence look on at the start of the inaugural parade at the US Capitol January 20, 1017 in Washington, DC.  (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

At Inauguration, Trump Promises America Will ‘Start Winning Again’

As part of the peaceful transition of power, once-bitter rivals and fierce critics were in the crowd, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.


Republican Adam Kinzinger (Photo From Adam Kinzinger)

Illinois Republicans Optimistic About Trump’s Inauguration

Downstate Congressman Adam Kinzinger knows that with Republicans in charge of Congress and the White House, it’s a whole new ballgame.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, right, listen as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a press conference on January 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

DOJ Report The Latest Laquan McDonald Fallout For Mayor Emanuel

The release of the DOJ report is the latest chapter in a firestorm around CPD that once seemed to threaten Rahm Emanuel’s political career.


US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference January 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in New York.
Trump held his first news conference in nearly six months Wednesday, amid explosive allegations over his ties to Russia, a little more than a week before his inauguration. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Rails Against ‘Fake News,’ Previews His White House Agenda

In his first news conference since July, Trump denied that Russia obtained compromising personal and financial information about him.


President Barack Obama delivers a farewell speech to the nation on January 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in the as the 45th president on January 20. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Obama Bids Farewell To Presidency In Chicago Speech

Obama plans to reaffirm in his farewell address his belief that change only happens when “ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it.”


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On Eve Of Obama’s National Farewell, Illinois Allies Praise His Presidency

Illinois Democrats were thanking the president for his last big gift to Chicago, a $1 billion grant for CTA train tracks and stations.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Gov. Rauner Not Optimistic About State Budget Breakthrough, Blames Madigan

With the Illinois General Assembly back in session next week, the governor sat down with CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.



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