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.

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.


Students Stage Gubernatorial Debate

All seven Democratic candidates for governor took questions from students at Whitney Young Magnet High School.


Retired African-American Cops ‘Take A Knee’ Outside CPD

More than 20 retired black cops gathered in unity Friday to make a statement about patriotism, protest and free speech.


Trump Unveils Tax-Cut Plan During Indianapolis Stop

President Trump argues the cuts, including significant reductions for the wealthy, would benefit everyone, including the middle class. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports from Indianapolis.


Gov. Rauner Weighs Abortion-Rights Bill

House Bill 40 would guarantee abortion remain legal in Illinois, even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade; it would extend insurance for abortion to Medicaid patients and state workers.


Does Chicago Have Evacuation Plan?

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley talks with emergency officials about how Chicago would respond to a large-scale disaster.


Rauner Signs Education Funding Bill

The Republican governor and the mayor of Chicago were not seen talking or shaking hands. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


School Funding Plan With Private-Tuition Component Goes To Governor

Chicagoans can brace themselves for another round of property tax increases. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


School-Funding Political Cartoon Continues To Dog Gov. Rauner

The illustration was created by the conservative think tank that has largely taken control of Republican Rauner’s entire communications operations. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has more.


Chicago Ald. Burke Puts The Brakes On Self-Driving Cars

Ed Burke says they’re dangerous, untested job-killers.


Staredown Continues Over Illinois School Funding

Illinois House Democrats brought together school superintendents to blast Gov. Rauner’s recent school funding veto.


Rauner Veto Designed To Punish Chicago Schools, Critics Claim

Gov. Bruce Rauner this week rewrote part of a school-funding bill. The consequences could be devastating, critics tell CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.


Rauner, Dems Heading Toward School-Funding Showdown

Bruce Rauner summoned all Republican lawmakers from the House and Senate for an hour-long meeting — the first of its kind in anyone’s memory.


Rauner Threatens To Cut Part Of School-Funding Bill

With little more than a month until many school districts open their doors, Springfield still hasn’t finalized a school funding plan.




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