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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.

Shamiya Adams. (Family provided photo)

Police Making Progress In Investigation Of 11-Year-Old Girl’s Shooting Death

Police say the investigation into the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams is progressing rapidly.

07/21/2014

Shamiya Adams. (Family provided photo)

Friends, Family Continue To Mourn 11-Year-Old Girl Killed By Stray Bullet

Friends and family of Shamiya Adams gathered for a vigil on Sunday, the second since the 11-year-old was killed Friday night at a sleepover.

07/20/2014

The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. (CBS)

Polk Family’s $20 Million Navy Pier Donation A Gift To Chicagoans

Members of the Polk family explain the gift they’re offering to revamp Navy Pier’s entrance. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

07/17/2014

Lane Tech College Prep. (CBS)

Parents Want Status Of Lane Tech Swim Coach Resolved

Parents and swimmers at Lane Tech High School are demanding answers about the status of their highly successful swim coach.

07/16/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Medical Marijuana May Be Unavailable When Law Goes Into Effect

Even after medical marijuana becomes legal January 1, there still may not be any to buy, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

07/15/2014

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Taste Of Chicago Vendors Not Worried About Security

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports there’s widespread confidence among vendors and city officials that the kind of violence that rocked Chicago neighborhoods last weekend won’t be seen at Grant Park.

07/08/2014

Joe Armstrong. (Credit: CBS)

Freedom Rider Recalls Passage Of Civil Rights Act

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has the story of a local man who risked his life for freedom.

07/02/2014

Construction, generic sized image

Construction Worker Shortage Increasing Cost For New Homes In Chicago Area

New home construction is finally picking up in Chicago, but so are the prices.

07/01/2014

A TV camera is set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Decision On Employers, Contraceptives Divides Chicagoans

One side calls it a victory for religious freedom — the other, a setback for women’s rights. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/30/2014

Gavel

State Panel Subpoenas Former Head Of Gov. Quinn’s Anti-Crime Program

The vote means committee members will compel Barbara Shaw to answer questions about the $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

06/23/2014

Metal brackets and chunks of wood cleared off of Van Buren Street after apparently falling from the L tracks. (Credit; Rory Rice)

Questions Remain After Debris Fell From ‘L’ Tracks

CTA investigators are still looking into what caused a Loop “L” train to derail Tuesday.

06/18/2014

A cowboy on horseback chases a runaway baby bull in Beecher. (Courtesy: John Spagnola)

No Bull: Rodeo Critter Bolts Through Far South Suburb

On Sunday, residents of Beecher couldn’t believe their eyes: Cowboys on horseback, trying to corral a runaway bull. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/16/2014

Kennedy Expressway Traffic

Will Highways Become Tollways?

The federal gas tax – 18.4 cents a gallon — hasn’t gone up in 20 years, even though construction costs have. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/05/2014

Marine Stephen Hancock.

Marine’s Death In Freak Accident Hits Coal City Hard

A young marine from the Chicago area was just starting his career when he was killed in a freak accident during a training flight on an osprey aircraft.

05/21/2014

Pleasant Lane Elementary School. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Want Restraining Order Against Alleged Kindergarten Bully

It’s a move that has parents shaking their heads. A kindergartener was being bullied so badly Wisconsin parents asked a court to keep the alleged five-year-old bully boy away.

05/20/2014

Doctor Generic

Veteran: VA Hospital Almost Caused My Death

Allen Sloma says a delayed cancer diagnosis at Hines VA Hospital almost cost him his life. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

05/15/2014

An inflatable bounce house. (Credit: CBS)

How Safe Are Inflatable Bounce Houses?

Inflatable bounce houses are popular for kids’ birthdays and summer block parties, but after one blew away in upstate New York, injuring two young boys, parents are wondering how safe are they?

05/14/2014

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Man Attempts To Abduct Girl, 5, From Brighton Park Neighborhood

A man attempted to abduct a 5-year-old girl Saturday afternoon from a backyard in the South Side Brighton Park neighborhood.

05/11/2014

The Merchandise Mart (Credit: CBS)

Motorola Shows Off New Merchandise Mart HQ

Motorola Mobility’s new world headquarters is in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

04/22/2014

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)

Lieutenant Of Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Being Held In Chicago

A top lieutenant of the drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ is being held in Chicago where he faces federal drug charges.

04/16/2014

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