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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks with participants in the Becoming a Man program. (CBS/Scott Wilson)

Emanuel Touts Teen Mentoring, A Major Prong Of His Anti-Crime Strategy

Critics have issues with the wider proposal to reverse violence in Chicago. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.

09/23/2016

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McCarthy: Criminals Are The Problem Causing Chicago Violence, Not Cops

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says police do make mistakes, but the focus on police wrongdoing is hampering their ability to fight crime.

09/19/2016

London Mayor Saddiq Khan, left, appears with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (CBS)

London’s Mayor Is Fast Friends With Rahm Emanuel

The first Muslim mayor of London and the first Jewish mayor of Chicago have found a bond that transcends business. CBS 2 Political Editor Derrick Blakley reports.

09/16/2016

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Sen. Mark Kirk’s Surgeon Released Status On Recovery After Stroke

Senator Mark Kirk’s surgeon released Wednesday a letter to the media in regards to Sen. Kirk’s recovery since his 2012 stroke.

09/14/2016

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New Police Oversite Agency Needs Own Attorneys, Mandated Budget, Aldermen Say

Critics point out there’s no provision for COPA, that will enable it to hire its own, outside lawyers, which would force them to use city attorneys.

09/13/2016

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New York Times Released Murder Rate Study, Chicago Does Not Top List

The New York Times wrote Friday a headline about murder rates in larger cities, to one’s surprise Chicago was nowhere near the top.

09/09/2016

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Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Pitches Green Party ‘New Deal’ To Chicagoans

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley caught up with Stein, a Highland Park native, as she courted voters on Chicago’s West Side.

09/08/2016

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Emanuel Mum On Details Of Plan To Hire More Police Officers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday offered few specifics about his plan to hire more police officers, but said that alone won’t solve the gun violence crisis that led to the city’s deadliest month in two decades.

09/02/2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump Travels To Mexico After Invitation From President

Donald Trump traveled Wednesday to Mexico after accepting an invitation by President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico.

08/31/2016

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IPRA To Re-Boot As COPA; How Will It Be Different?

Some aldermen are concerned there’s no mandated budget level for the new office.

08/30/2016

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Movie About The Obamas’ First Date Opens, But How Accurate Is The Flick?

It’s called “Southside with You,” and is based on the pivotal experience between America’s first couple. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

08/26/2016

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)   (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. Mark Kirk Not Backing Down On Obama-Iran Payment Comments

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8th), Kirk’s opponent, said his comments about the president were beyond pale.

08/23/2016

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Dems Praise Gov. Rauner For Signing Measures Aimed At Reducing Prison Population

So, how does going easier on crime help fight it? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.

08/22/2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chicago Experts Weigh In On Trump Campaign Shakeup

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley talks with a Republican and Democratic strategist about whether Trump can right the ship.

08/19/2016

Sen. Dick Durbin, left; Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers (CBS)

Potential Dem Candidates For Governor: Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers

Who will take on Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in 2018? CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports from Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair.

08/18/2016

Governors Day at Illinois State Fair (CBS)

Governors Day At Illinois State Fair, Trump Leads As Discussion Topic

With less than 90 days before the presidential election, GOP Leaders trotted around Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair for Governors Day.

08/17/2016

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Rauner Launching Private Foundation to Fix Illinois State Fairgrounds

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching a private foundation to collect corporate donations for fairgrounds improvements.

08/16/2016

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Local Republicans Distance Themselves From Trump’s Clinton Comments

The Secret Service is reportedly speaking with representatives of Donald Trump’s campaign, following the GOP presidential candidate’s comments that some say were a veiled call for violence against Hillary Clinton.

08/10/2016

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Chicagoan Is Economic Policy Adviser To Donald Trump

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley sat down Stephen Calk, a self-made banker and former Army pilot.

08/08/2016

Willie Ray is feeling the bite of property tax hikes. (CBS)

Chicago Residents Feel The Pain As Property Tax Hikes Kick In

Mayor Emanuel says he’s helped right the city’s financial ship. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with the people who are paying the bill.

08/01/2016

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