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.

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Movie About The Obamas’ First Date Opens, But How Accurate Is The Flick?

It’s called “Southside with You,” and is based on the pivotal experience between America’s first couple. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

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Sen. Mark Kirk Not Backing Down On Obama-Iran Payment Comments

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8th), Kirk’s opponent, said his comments about the president were beyond pale.

08/23/2016

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Dems Praise Gov. Rauner For Signing Measures Aimed At Reducing Prison Population

So, how does going easier on crime help fight it? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.

08/22/2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chicago Experts Weigh In On Trump Campaign Shakeup

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley talks with a Republican and Democratic strategist about whether Trump can right the ship.

08/19/2016

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Potential Dem Candidates For Governor: Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers

Who will take on Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in 2018? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports from Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair.

08/18/2016

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Governors Day At Illinois State Fair, Trump Leads As Discussion Topic

With less than 90 days before the presidential election, GOP Leaders trotted around Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair for Governors Day.

08/17/2016

State Fair Soaking

Rauner Launching Private Foundation to Fix Illinois State Fairgrounds

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching a private foundation to collect corporate donations for fairgrounds improvements.

08/16/2016

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Local Republicans Distance Themselves From Trump’s Clinton Comments

The Secret Service is reportedly speaking with representatives of Donald Trump’s campaign, following the GOP presidential candidate’s comments that some say were a veiled call for violence against Hillary Clinton.

08/10/2016

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Chicagoan Is Economic Policy Adviser To Donald Trump

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley sat down Stephen Calk, a self-made banker and former Army pilot.

08/08/2016

Willie Ray is feeling the bite of property tax hikes. (CBS)

Chicago Residents Feel The Pain As Property Tax Hikes Kick In

Mayor Emanuel says he’s helped right the city’s financial ship. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with the people who are paying the bill.

08/01/2016

This home about a block north of President Obama's Kenwood mansion is on the market for $1.7 million.

With Michelle Obama In Town, Speculation About Future For Their Home

While President Obama prepares to speak at the DNC tonight, First Lady Michelle Obama is here in Chicago, staying at her home in Kenwood.

07/27/2016

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Anti-Brutality Protesters March Downtown Again

A day after 19 people were arrested in downtown Chicago during protests against police killings, a smaller group of activists marched through the Loop Sunday afternoon, and the demonstration ended more calmly this time around.

07/10/2016

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Chicago Aldermen To Consider Compromise Plan To Regulate Ride-Sharing Companies

Both sides of Chicago’s rideshare debate hope a compromise will keep Uber and Lyft cars rolling here. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/20/2016

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Orlando Shooter Was Often Seen Inside Nightclub He Terrorized

New information emerged Tuesday about the personal life of Omar Mateen, including new insight into his sexual orientation.

06/14/2016

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Southeast Side Neighborhood Dealing With Blooming Flower Thief

People love to display flowers this time of year. Others — to steal them. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/09/2016

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Amid Escalating Violence, City Faces Challenge Selling Itself To Tourists

As Chicago strives to boost tourism, it faces a growing national reputation for gun-related violence that has gotten out of control.

06/07/2016

Vice President Joe Biden talks with oncologists Monday in Chicago. (CBS)

Biden To Cancer Researchers: Work Together

The vice president, speaking to oncologists gathered in Chicago, discouraged them from pursuing the “cult of the individual.” CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/06/2016

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Mud-Slinging Begins In U.S. Senate Race Between Kirk, Duckworth

Incumbent Mark Kirk, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth released their first TV ads, and they’re both on the attack.

05/16/2016

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Mother Files Lawsuit In 2013 Fatal Chicago Police Shooting Of Son

A Chicago mother says police had no right to shoot and kill her son three years ago, so now she’s suing.

05/11/2016

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Chicago Wrestling With How To Regulate Airbnb

A proposed ordinance is stirring opposition from all sides.

05/10/2016

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