Derrick Blakley

derrick blakley Derrick BlakleyDerrick Blakley is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

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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.

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Anti-Trump Sentiments Galvanize May Day Marchers

Millions of people around the globe are honoring “May Day.” In Chicago, for some, it means bringing immigration reform to the forefront, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

05/01/2016

Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. (Credit Chicago Police/CBS)

Detective In Koschman Investigation Will Only Serve Two Months Of One-Year Suspension

When does a one-year suspension for police misconduct only take two months? Apparently when you’re a Chicago Police officer.

04/18/2016

Jack McCullough after being released Friday April 15, 2016. (CBS)

Cold-Case Convict Grateful For His New Freedom

Jack McCullough, 76, suddenly found himself a free man on Friday, after being convicted of a 1957 murder. CBS 2 caught up with him after his release.

04/15/2016

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Pothole Causes Chicago Woman To Trip, Break Leg

Over the years, Chicago’s infamous potholes have broken bicycle rims, car tire rims, even car axles, but last week, a Lakeview pothole caused an unfortunate Chicago grandmother to break a leg.

04/12/2016

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New Interim Supt. Johnson Says He’s Never Witnessed Police Misconduct In 27 Years With CPD

Interim Superintendent Eddie Johnson sat down with CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley to talk about his plan for reducing crime, police misconduct and the surprise call from City Hall that put him in charge.

03/29/2016

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Judge Allowing Witness Testimony For Hastert Sentencing Hearing

A filing in Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case confirms prosecutors intend to call at least one witness at the former U.S. House speaker’s sentencing, which has been delayed until April 27.

03/23/2016

Longtime CPD official Eugene Williams is a finalist for police superintendent. (CBS file)

West Side Leaders Line Up Behind Chicago Police Superintendent Candidate

The black elected officials say veteran Deputy Chief Eugene Williams is the man for the job. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

03/21/2016

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Outside Money Flows Into Two State House Races

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at the sky-high money that’s being spent on two races for low-level offices.

03/14/2016

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Meet Some Of Chicago’s Trump Democrats

Yes, they exist. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley introduces us to some of them.

03/10/2016

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Fr. Pfleger Gets Strong Show Of Support From Archbishop Cupich

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports at St. Sabina, it was a virtual lovefest between a controversial pastor and the leader of the archdiocese.

03/06/2016

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Layoffs Part Of Across The Board Cuts In University Park

Neither man nor beast is being spared as south suburban University Park copes with severe budget problems.

03/01/2016

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Shrine Of Christ The King Gets New Lease On Life

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports the Chicago Archdiocese wasn’t sure the fledgling parish could raise the money to salvage the historic building, but it’s decided to give them a chance.

02/28/2016

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Madigan Challenger Out Knocking On Doors In Hopes Of Upset

There is a push to unseat arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois: Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.

02/23/2016

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Explosion Destroys Home In Hebron, Indiana

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports investigators suspect natural gas may be the cause.

02/21/2016

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As CPS Promises $100 Million In Cuts, Principals Await Details

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has a look at the process.

02/03/2016

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Parents Dismayed As Discord Between CPS, Teachers Continues

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley explains parents are not happy about news of possible teachers strike again.

02/02/2016

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Emanuel Discusses Police-Community Relations At Mayors Conference

Emanuel he says he’s not hiding from the controversy over policing in Chicago.

01/20/2016

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Emanuel In Washington D.C. For U.S. Mayor’s Conference

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a little work ahead of him, repairing his reputation as a big city leader. He’s in the nation’s capital for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

01/19/2016

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Illinois Tollway Launches Zero Weather Road Patrols

The frigid weather could last for a couple more days, so the Illinois Tollway has stepped up around-the clock protection for drivers.

01/18/2016

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Gov. Rauner Says CPS Shouldn’t Expect Money From Springfield

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley spoke with the governor in Springfield Tuesday as he starts his second year in office.

01/12/2016

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