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.

Gov. Rauner, Speaker Madigan Have Rare Face-To-Face Meeting

Both sides in the intense political duel issued carefully worded statements about the budget-related meeting today in Springfield.


Activists Gather In Springfield To Protect Abortion Rights

Dozens of women descended on Springfield on Tuesday to protest Gov. Rauner’s flip-flopped position on abortion.


Obama Talks About Plans For His “Next Job” – Preparing New Leadership

The forum was former President Barack Obama’s first public event and first public visit to Chicago since leaving the office in January.


Trump Signs ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Order In Wisconsin

Trump signed an executive order requiring the federal government to buy American-made products if at all possible during a visit to Kenosha.


Chicago Alderman: Airport Security Officers Need To Go

Ray Lopez makes the suggestion in the wake of last weekend’s fiasco in which a paying United passenger was dragged off a plane. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Prosecutor Defends Decision That Let 5 Alleged Parole Violators Walk

Charges wouldn’t have stuck against these parole violators, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tells CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.


Schakowsky Proposes Law After United Airlines Incident

From Capitol Hill to City Hall, lawmakers are trying to get answers on just how the United overbooking debacle could have happened.


Rauner Travels State To ‘Communicate With People Of IL. In Person’

Gov. Bruce Rauner is on a campaign-style fly-around of Illinois to talk about the budget. But he says he’s not campaigning right now.


Dems Kennedy, Pritzker Court Union Members During Wage Demonstration

But which Illinois gubernatorial candidate is more deserving of the union label? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Claar Leads Bolingbrook’s Mayoral Race, By Just 104 Votes

Facing a legitimate challenger for the first time in 20 years, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar took action — and went knocking on doors.


Bolingbrook Mayor May Pay Political Price For Supporting Trump

Roger Claar is facing his strongest challenge in years in this mayoral race, which is triggered by his support for President Donald Trump.


CBS 2 Presses White House About Sanctuary Cities Via Skype

Chicago was front and center at Friday’s White House Press Briefing. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley inquired about crime, money and sanctuary cities.


Democrat Mendoza: Illinois Republican Party ‘Creepily Stalking’ Her

The latest salvo comes as elected officials are slamming each other over the cost of the state vehicles they are using. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Rauner Questions Project Delay While Democrats Vie For His Spot

The Illinois governor wonders why a transportation project he favors is delayed, while Democrats discuss who’s running for his position.


Ryan, Trump Pull Health Care Bill, Canceling Vote

At President Trump’s request, House Speaker Paul Ryan has pulled the GOP’s health care overhaul bill from consideration.


More Whites Without College Degrees Are Dying

Two Princeton economists led a new study that showed an increase in deaths for white blue collar workers.


Halftime In Springfield, Illinois Still Without A Budget

With the state legislative session already half over, is Illinois closer to a budget or a government shutdown?


CHA To Celebrate Housing Benchmark, But Critics Say It’s Behind Schedule

Critics are still asking questions about whether the CHA is hoarding money, instead of providing more units.


Juan Salgado Named Chancellor Of Chicago City Colleges

As the newly appointed chancellor of Chicago’s City Colleges, Salgado’s job will be to upgrade student performance.


Mendoza Blocks Millions For Rauner Administration Computer Revamp

Is it pure politics — or responsible oversight? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.



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