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.

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

A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Some Hospitals Impose Visiting Restrictions During Busy Flu Season

The Illinois Department of Public Health says confirmed cases are widespread across the state. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

12/15/2014

Jesus Garcia campaigning in Humboldt Park. (CreditL CBS)

Emanuel, Garcia Vying For Hispanic Voters

Chicago’s mayoral election is little more than a month away and today, both Mayor Emanuel and one of his major challengers turned their attention to attracting Hispanic voters, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

12/14/2014

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Honors Cardinal George With Medal Of Merit

He’s been celebrated by his church and honored by its faithful, but today, the entire city of Chicago got its turn.

12/10/2014

In this surveillance image, a hooded man steals packages from a building foyer. (Daphe Ortiz)

WATCH: Thief Snatches Gift Packages From Lincoln Park Condo

Video shows a real-life Grinch taking packages from some Lincoln Park homes. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

12/08/2014

Colin Collette was fired as music director at Holy Family Parish in Inverness after announcing plans to wed his male partner. He has filed a discrimination complaint. (Credit: CBS)

Music Director Fired Over Same-Sex Marriage Files Formal Complaint

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has more on a battle that pits civil rights against religious freedom.

12/04/2014

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Evanston Becomes First Illinois City To Raise Cigarette-Buying Age To 21

Teens will no longer be able to buy smokes in the north suburb. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

11/07/2014

Jim Oberweis

U.S. Senate Race: Oberweis Trying To Paint Durbin As ‘Career Politician’

How long in public office is too long? That’s a key question being asked by Republican Jim Oberweis. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

10/28/2014

Wallenda

Viewing Areas, Street Closures Announced For Daredevil Nik Wallenda’s Walk Over Chicago River

Nik Wallenda’s daring walk over the Chicago River is now less than a week away and CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports production teams are already in-place, preparing for the Sunday evening spectacle.

10/27/2014

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