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.


VP Candidates’ Job Will Be To Defend Bosses; Avoid Giant Gaffes At Debate

The goal for each will be to defend their bosses and avoid any giant gaffes.


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Kirk, Duckworth Square Off In First Debate For U.S. Senate Seat

GOP incumbent Mark Kirk faced off against Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth at the Chicago Tribune editorial board. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


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Tribune Passes On Trump, Endorses Libertarian Presidential Candidate

The iconic Chicago newspaper has been known for backing Republican candidates for the White House.


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the American Jewish Committee Global Forum 2014 May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. The AJC held the form to discuss topics related to the Jewish communities all around the world. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton Seeks Big Bucks At Chicago Fundraisers

The Democratic presidential nominee was making at least two appearances aimed at raking in some big bucks, a day after Republican Donald Trump was in the area.


Donald Trump speaks with Polish-American community members at the Polish National Alliance in Chicago on September 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Trump will be campaigning today in Iowa and Wisconsin.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Greeted By Cheers And Jeers During Chicago-Area Visit

Donald Trump made two Chicago-area stops today, greeted by both admiring supporters and hectoring protesters.


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands prior to the start of the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt. (GETTY IMAGES)

Did The First Presidential Debate Change Any Minds?

Did the first Clinton-Trump debate change any minds?


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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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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.



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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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.


Gov. Bruce Rauner discusses an executive order designed to help businesses owned by women and minorities.(Credit: CBS)

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.


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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.




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