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.

Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 900 block of Central Park Avenue. (CBS)

Rev. Jackson To President: Hold National Summit On Gun Violence, In Chicago

Leaders here say a state of emergency exists on the streets, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Study Backs Test In Identifying Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Avoid Chemo

A new study with a local connection shows a test accurately identifies many women with early-stage cancer who can safely skip chemotherapy. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Pope Francis leans out and waves to the crowd as he rides in a popemobile along a parade route around the National Mall on September 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Some Conservatives Balk At Pope Francis’ Message

Catholics all around the nation are welcoming Pope Francis to America. However, some conservative Catholics are concerned that parts of his message aren’t exactly traditional.


Students at an assembly to "meet" with Pope Francis. (Courtesy: Christo Rey Jesuit High School)

Pope Pays Virtual Visit To Pilsen High School

Through the magic of the Internet, Pope Francis communicated with students from Christo Rey High School. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


A clerk at Kwick Shop Liquor in Wauconda shot and killed an armed robber on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Charges Unlikely For Store Clerk Who Killed Armed Robber

The family that runs Kwick Shop Liquor has owned the convenience store for 2 ½ years, and said there has never been a robbery attempt before.


Archbishop Blase Cupich with his newly-bestowed pallium. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Receives Pallium In Ceremony At Holy Name Cathedral

Archbishop Blase Cupich is wearing the vestments of his office for the first time.


Steven Nincic and his family in the moments before a tent collapsed Aug. 2, 2015. (Wood Dale Police)

No Evacuation Plan In Place Before Deadly Wood Dale Tent Collapse

Authorities in Wood Dale apparently did not have a written storm evacuation plan before high winds led to a deadly tent collapse at a summer festival, new documents show.


Thaddeus Stevens. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Awarded $25 Million For Wrongful Conviction Charged In Shooting

Prosecutors say he spent a lot of the money awarded to him on trying to get his old gang back together.


Steven Nincic and his family in the moments before a tent collapsed Aug. 2, 2015. (Wood Dale Police)

New Images Stun Widow Of Husband Killed In Tent Collapse

Images captured moments before a suburban man was killed when a tent collapsed during a storm have left his widow questioning the action of police officers on the scene.


A "Black Lives Matter" sign in Skokie. (Credit: CBS)

Signs Indicate ‘Black Lives Matter’ Campaign Gaining Support Among Whites

What started as a hashtag has become a movement. Now, there’s mounting evidence that the Black Lives Matter campaign is making a major impact on whites.



Group Of Students From Public Housing Leaving For College

Some 150 young people within the Chicago Housing Authority are going places. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Google Chromebook. (Credit: CBS)

Computer Requirement Has York H.S. Parents Digging Deep

In Elmhurst, some parents are feeling pain over the cost of going digital.


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Father Mourned After Wood Dale Tent Collapse, Questions Linger About Safety Response

Steven Nincic took his two daughters to Prairie Fest because they wanted him to win some gold fish at a carnie game. And he did. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Charles Goodman. (Credit: Lake County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office.)

Driver In Deadly Indiana Bus Crash Has History Of Violations

Court records for the driver of the ill-fated Gary church bus reveal a long and shocking disregard for basic driving regulations that stretches back almost two decades.


HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15:  People receive a free meningitis vaccine from  Dr. Wayne Chen at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation pharmacy on April 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation started free meningitis vaccines after a West Hollywood man died from the disease.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Meningitis Vaccine Required For 6th, 12th Graders Returning To School

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley finds out what’s behind the rule change.


Dash cam video of Sandra Bland's arrest earlier this month. (Credit: Texas Department of Public Safety.

What Are Your Rights During A Traffic Stop?

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reviewed key points of the bland dashboard video with two law enforcement experts.


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Residents Of River North Building On Edge After Building Hit With Bullets

Someone is taking shots at a high-rise in River North. Bullets have damaged property and worried residents as police search for the gunman, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.


Metra station at Route 59 in Aurora. (CreditL CBS)

Fees For Proposed Trolley Rankle Aurora Residents

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports the proposed trolley would run from several new subdivisions to the Route 59 Metra Station, but the alderman who represents the area says not a single resident she’s canvassed wants the trolley.


Thornton Reservoir. (Credit: CBS)

Workers Putting Finishing Touches On Thornton Reservoir

The numbers are staggering and the engineering nothing short of miraculous. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes us to an old place with a newfound purpose.


Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman", is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. The Sinaloa cartel leader - the most wanted by US and Mexican anti-drug agencies - was arrested early Saturday morning by Mexican marines at a resort in Mazatlan, northern Mexico. (Photo credit: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

‘El Chapo’ Regains Chicago’s Public Enemy Number One Title

Guzman’s escape means the man most responsible Chicago’s violent drug trade is fully back in business once again.