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.

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.

07/29/2015

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.

07/28/2015

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.

07/22/2015

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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.

07/21/2015

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.

07/20/2015

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.

07/15/2015

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.

07/14/2015

Airliner cockpit (CBS)

Are Cockpit Cameras Just Around The Corner?

Airline pilots are fighting them, but there is an increasing call for surveillance technology. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

07/09/2015

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Business As Usual For Many Investors Despite NYSE Shutdown

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a closer look at what happened.

07/08/2015

A flooded field in Peotone. (Credit: CBS)

Heavy Rains Have Illinois Farmers Dealing With Soaked Crops

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports farmers in Peotone are dealing with soggy crops.

06/29/2015

ComEd crews working to restore power in Coal City. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Working To Restore Electricity To Homes In Coal City

It’s a race against Mother Nature in Coal City as residents there try to clean up as much tornado damage as possible before severe weather rolls in once again.

06/24/2015

The Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina capitol building. (Credit: CBS)

South Carolina Governor Calls For Taking Down Confederate Flag

(CBS) — Leaders in South Carolina are calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports it’s been a contentious issue for years, brought to a head […]

06/22/2015

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Chicago Eyes A City Income Tax On Residents, Suburbanites Who Work Here

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at the smoke signals from cash-strapped Chicago City Hall.

06/11/2015

Kenwood Academy graduate Arianna Alexander. (Credit: CBS)

Kenwood Academy Grad Awarded More Than $3 Million In Scholarship Money

At a time when so many are struggling to pay for college, Kenwood Academy valedictorian Arianna Alexander is a scholarship record-breaker, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

06/10/2015

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NW Side Parish Converting Convent Into Senior Housing

A Northwest Side parish is the first in Chicago that’s moving to renovate an unused convent into apartments for seniors.

06/09/2015

Demarcus Jackson. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Peoria Teen Swept Away By Floodwater Survives By Clinging To Tree Branch

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports for police and family members, it was the end of a nightmare, wondering if 15-year-old Demarcus Jackson would be found alive.

06/08/2015

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Did CTA Driver Have Medical Issue At Time Of Deadly Crash?

Union officials believe it was a medical incident–not a mechanical fault or human error–that was behind this week’s deadly CTA rush hour bus crash.

06/04/2015

Kristopher K. Pitts (Chicago Police)

No Bond For Man Charged With Killing Man For Cell Phone In Lakeview

Prosecutors revealed how they think the robbery-turned murder happened, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

05/31/2015

Balloons are released at the start of the opening ceremonies for the 15th World Cup 17 June 1994 at Soldier Field (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Were U.S. World Cup Games Tainted?

World Cup soccer isn’t played just for kicks, the real prize is illegal cash. That’s the allegation from federal prosecutors, who charge soccer’s overlords with taking bribes and kickbacks.

05/27/2015

A deck collapse in Evanston injured four people on Memorial Day. (Credit:CBS)

Deck Hazards Sometimes Difficult To Spot

An Evanston porch collapse injured four Monday night during a holiday cookout. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley found, it’s sometimes tough even for experts to spot a hazard.

05/26/2015

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