Derrick Blakley

derrick blakley Derrick BlakleyDerrick Blakley is the political reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

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Since June 2003, Derrick has served as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, returning to the station 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.

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A new Chicago ordinance takes effect next month, establishing sexual harassment training and a new city hotline to report violations.


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Gov. Bruce Rauner prepared to spend his third night at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, with first lady Diana scheduled to join him.


Veteran Lawmaker No Shoo-In For Re-Election

For only the second time in his 27 years in Springfield, Rep. Dan Burke, brother of Ald. Ed Burke, is facing an opponent.


Cop’s Story Unravels In New LeGrier Report: Attorney

The city of Chicago’s new police oversight agency, COPA, has ruled that the 2015 police shooting of Quintonio LeGrier was unjustified.


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Effort To Delay Abortion-Funding Law Fails

The court fight shows how divisive the abortion issue is, especially among Republicans.


Chris Kennedy Hopes 2018 Brings New Life — And Cash — To Campaign

The Democratic gubernatorial hopeful has perhaps the most famous family name in politics, but his bid could use a shot in the arm.


Emanuel Fulfilling Promise For 1,000 Cops? Maybe

Some skeptics aren’t sure the promises and the results add up.


McCarthy Nears Decision On Mayoral Bid

More than anything, the fired police superintendent says, it’s about his concern over the increased murder rate since his firing.


Rev. Jesse Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson’s

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Friday revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.


Preckwinkle Blames Dart For Jail Cell Rape, $3.25M Settlement

It happened last May at the Markham courthouse. A 52-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by two men, and sheriff’s deputies allowed it to happen.


Police Board President Endorses Chris Kennedy For Governor

Chris Kennedy also began airing television ads centering on his personal experience with gun violence. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Blackhawks Unveil Practice Center

Most impressive isn’t what the Hawks built for themselves — it’s what they built for the city.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2017

Sexual Harassment Training Begins In Springfield

House Democrats awoke today to a brave new world, marching into a meeting room for their first-ever training on sexual harassment.


Illinois Senate Acts On Sexual Harassment: Too Little, Too Late?

State lawmakers worked quickly Tuesday to address a growing sexual harassment scandal among members and staff.


Hillary Clinton Mum About Russia Indictments, During Chicago Appearances

The former Democratic presidential candidate signed 1,000 copies of her book in Winnetka and said there’s a “great” chapter about Russia.


Gov. Rauner Calls For Zero Tolerance Against Sex Harassment

The issue came to the forefront after more than 200 women signed an open letter alleging widespread sexual abuse by Illinois politicians and power brokers.


Release Of JFK Files Sparks Memories For 2 Chicagoans

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley talks with a JFK Cabinet member and Bill Daley, whose father, Mayor Richard Daley, helped elect John Kennedy.


Monterrey Security Now Under State Review

The Buffalo Bills that have kicked out Monterrey Security after state regulators rejected the company’s license application. It comes just weeks after Monterrey was fired by the Minnesota Vikings’ brand new stadium.


Assault Rifle Drawing Brings Protesters To Lake County

A number of protesters are upset with Lake County Republicans. They’re raffling off firearms to raise money. Including one linked to the deadly Las Vegas massacre.



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