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.

Director Spike Lee at the Chicago premiere of his moving, "Chi-Raq."

Cusak, Pfleger Forge Bond During Filming Of ‘Chi-Raq’

Spike Lee’s controversial movie “Chi-raq” had its world premiere last night.


Director Spike Lee at the Chiraq block party. (Credit: CBS)

Spike Lee Film “Chi-Raq” Premiering In Chicago

The movie opens nationwide December 4.


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Men Claiming They ‘Were With ISIS’ Prompts Massive Police Response Downtown

With both the nation, and the city, on high alert, police are taking no chances on potential terrorist threats.


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Refugee Agencies Gearing Up To Accept Syrians In Illinois

More Republicans are calling for a pause in plans to relocate Syrian refugees in the United States, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.


Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. (Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

Interim Fox Lake Chief: Gliniewicz Should Have Been Fired “A Long Time Ago”

Michael Keller was brought in from the Lake County Sheriff’s office to clean up the mess in the Fox Lake Police Department four days after Lt. Joe Gliniewicz killed himself.


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One Year After Fire, Pain Endures For North Side Family Who Lost Son

The couple spoke to CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley in this original report.


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Mailrooms For Residential High-Rises Overwhelmed By Packages From Online Shoppers

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, building managers are bracing for holiday headaches.


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Fed Up Neighbors Clean Up Mess Left Underneath Viaduct

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports it was all the result of one woman who was fed up with filth.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Union Warns Air Traffic Controller Shortage Could Lead To Delays For Chicago Travelers

Chicago air passengers could be facing increasing delays if the numbers of air traffic controllers doesn’t increase. That’s the warning from the controllers’ union, which says the situation here in Chicago and nationwide, has reached a critical stage.


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Emanuel: Fear Of Being Recorded May Be Discouraging Cops From Doing Their Jobs

The mayor says it’s partly to blame for the rise in Chicago crime. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 900 block of Central Park Avenue. (CBS)

Rev. Jackson To President: Hold National Summit On Gun Violence, In Chicago

Leaders here say a state of emergency exists on the streets, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Study Backs Test In Identifying Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Avoid Chemo

A new study with a local connection shows a test accurately identifies many women with early-stage cancer who can safely skip chemotherapy. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Pope Francis leans out and waves to the crowd as he rides in a popemobile along a parade route around the National Mall on September 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Some Conservatives Balk At Pope Francis’ Message

Catholics all around the nation are welcoming Pope Francis to America. However, some conservative Catholics are concerned that parts of his message aren’t exactly traditional.


Students at an assembly to "meet" with Pope Francis. (Courtesy: Christo Rey Jesuit High School)

Pope Pays Virtual Visit To Pilsen High School

Through the magic of the Internet, Pope Francis communicated with students from Christo Rey High School. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


A clerk at Kwick Shop Liquor in Wauconda shot and killed an armed robber on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Charges Unlikely For Store Clerk Who Killed Armed Robber

The family that runs Kwick Shop Liquor has owned the convenience store for 2 ½ years, and said there has never been a robbery attempt before.


Archbishop Blase Cupich with his newly-bestowed pallium. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Receives Pallium In Ceremony At Holy Name Cathedral

Archbishop Blase Cupich is wearing the vestments of his office for the first time.


Steven Nincic and his family in the moments before a tent collapsed Aug. 2, 2015. (Wood Dale Police)

No Evacuation Plan In Place Before Deadly Wood Dale Tent Collapse

Authorities in Wood Dale apparently did not have a written storm evacuation plan before high winds led to a deadly tent collapse at a summer festival, new documents show.


Thaddeus Stevens. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Awarded $25 Million For Wrongful Conviction Charged In Shooting

Prosecutors say he spent a lot of the money awarded to him on trying to get his old gang back together.


Steven Nincic and his family in the moments before a tent collapsed Aug. 2, 2015. (Wood Dale Police)

New Images Stun Widow Of Husband Killed In Tent Collapse

Images captured moments before a suburban man was killed when a tent collapsed during a storm have left his widow questioning the action of police officers on the scene.


A "Black Lives Matter" sign in Skokie. (Credit: CBS)

Signs Indicate ‘Black Lives Matter’ Campaign Gaining Support Among Whites

What started as a hashtag has become a movement. Now, there’s mounting evidence that the Black Lives Matter campaign is making a major impact on whites.



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