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.

Comey Testimony Telegraphed In Document

The fired FBI director is expected to tell lawmakers President Trump asked him what could be done to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation.


Rauner, Dems Trade More Barbs About Jobs

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined Hegewisch small business owners Tuesday in a kind of economic walk of shame.


Gov. Rauner Not Surprised At Bond Rating Drop

Just one day after Illinois lawmakers left Springfield without approving a budget, Bruce Rauner’s spirits are still up. But Illinois debt ratings are down – again.


A Welcome First: A Memorial Day Parade On Chicago’s South Side

It may have been a small-scale parade and celebration, but it was a big step forward for community pride. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Rauner Signals He’ll OK Budget Deal For ‘Lasting’ Property Tax Freeze

In a Facebook Live chat, the Republican incumbent publicly divulged his bottom line for completing a budget compromise. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Hoosiers Divided Over Trump

At least they were Thursday in Porter County, Indiana, where CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley visited.


Non-Profit That Serves Children Makes Drastic Cut In Services

By the end of June, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois plans to close nine programs, costing 100 people their jobs.


Rauner, Emanuel Take Credit For Job Project, Blame Each For School Funding

It was a rare joint appearance for the squabbling mayor of Chicago and the governor of Illinois. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


FBI Director James Comey Fired By President Trump

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.


Potential Roskam Challenger Vows To Make Health Care The Issue

Democrat Kelly Mazeski’s own health care journey is at the very heart of her campaign, says CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.


Mayor Emanuel, New FOP President Appear Together At Event

The occasion was to honor Chicago’s fallen officers, but a contract showdown looms. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Sen. Durbin On Recent Heart Procedure

After undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, Durbin has a message for those who want to cut medical research funding.


Teachers, Immigrants Mark International Workers’ Day

A number of demonstrations have been planned for May Day in Chicago, to celebrate worker and immigrant rights.


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.




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