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.

A cowboy on horseback chases a runaway baby bull in Beecher. (Courtesy: John Spagnola)

No Bull: Rodeo Critter Bolts Through Far South Suburb

On Sunday, residents of Beecher couldn’t believe their eyes: Cowboys on horseback, trying to corral a runaway bull. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/16/2014

Kennedy Expressway Traffic

Will Highways Become Tollways?

The federal gas tax – 18.4 cents a gallon — hasn’t gone up in 20 years, even though construction costs have. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/05/2014

Marine Stephen Hancock.

Marine’s Death In Freak Accident Hits Coal City Hard

A young marine from the Chicago area was just starting his career when he was killed in a freak accident during a training flight on an osprey aircraft.

05/21/2014

Pleasant Lane Elementary School. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Want Restraining Order Against Alleged Kindergarten Bully

It’s a move that has parents shaking their heads. A kindergartener was being bullied so badly Wisconsin parents asked a court to keep the alleged five-year-old bully boy away.

05/20/2014

Doctor Generic

Veteran: VA Hospital Almost Caused My Death

Allen Sloma says a delayed cancer diagnosis at Hines VA Hospital almost cost him his life. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

05/15/2014

An inflatable bounce house. (Credit: CBS)

How Safe Are Inflatable Bounce Houses?

Inflatable bounce houses are popular for kids’ birthdays and summer block parties, but after one blew away in upstate New York, injuring two young boys, parents are wondering how safe are they?

05/14/2014

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Man Attempts To Abduct Girl, 5, From Brighton Park Neighborhood

A man attempted to abduct a 5-year-old girl Saturday afternoon from a backyard in the South Side Brighton Park neighborhood.

05/11/2014

The Merchandise Mart (Credit: CBS)

Motorola Shows Off New Merchandise Mart HQ

Motorola Mobility’s new world headquarters is in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

04/22/2014

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman", is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014 in Mexico City. The Sinaloa cartel leader - the most wanted by US and Mexican anti-drug agencies - was arrested early Saturday morning by Mexican marines at a resort in Mazatlan, northern Mexico. (Photo credit: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Lieutenant Of Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Being Held In Chicago

A top lieutenant of the drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ is being held in Chicago where he faces federal drug charges.

04/16/2014

A Crime Scene Investigation unit sits parked outside the Jewish Community Center on April 14, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Chicago Jewish Community Concerned After Kansas Shootings

The shootings by white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross outside Kansas City have Chicago’s Jewish leaders reaching out.

04/14/2014

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Proposed Gun Range Triggers Angry Response From Bloomingdale Residents

Illinois’ new concealed carry law is fueling rising demand at shooting ranges, but a proposal to build a new gun range in Bloomingdale, on Circle Drive north of Lake Street, has triggered opposition from nearby residents.

04/09/2014

Former Bulls GM Pat Williams. (Credit:  Jennifer Pottheiser, Getty)

Former Bulls GM Williams Battling Rare Form Of Blood Cancer

He’s an NBA legend who built the Bulls into a Chicago sports staple and won an NBA championship after leaving town, but now, Pat Williams is facing a tougher contest: beating a rare blood cancer.

04/08/2014

This suspect is wanted in connection with attacks on women in Park Forest. (Park Forest Police)

Park Forest Police Warn Parents Against Letting Kids Walk Alone, After Attacks

The most recent attack came Wednesday, near Forest Trail Middle School. A man held a knife, motioning for a 13-year-old girl to come toward him. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

04/03/2014

Car Crash Graphic, generic sized image

Community Mourns 3 Members Of Vernon Hills Family Killed In Crash

A deadly car crash on a family vacation claims three members of a Vernon Hills family. Now, the community is mourning the victims and looking to help the lone survivor, a nine-year-old girl.

04/02/2014

DJ Frankie Knuckles plays at the Def Mix 20th Anniversary Weekender at Turnmills nightclub on May 6, 2007 in London. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Legendary Chicago House Musician Frankie Knuckles Dies

He was known as the “Godfather” of Chicago House music. 59-year-old Frankie Knuckles was found dead in his Chicago home Monday.

04/01/2014

Artist rendering of the Navy Pier Flyover Project. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Construction Begins On Navy Pier Flyover

One of Chicago’s biggest bottlenecks doesn’t occur on the roadways, it’s on the lakefront trail where it passes Navy Pier.

03/24/2014

Tony and Michael Melchiorre. (Credit: CBS)

Brothers Raise Almost $200K For St. Baldrick’s

Shedding your hair in solidarity with young cancer patients is the central feature of St. Baldrick’s Day, but two Bridgeport brothers have produced donations for the cause that would put a professional fund raiser to shame.

03/19/2014

A motorist reported that a chunk of ice hit her windshield on West Randolph Street. (CBS)

Ice Falls From West Loop Building, Smashes Windshield, Motorist Says

It happened Thursday afternoon on Randolph near the Chicago River.

03/13/2014

The flexible, plastic ring contains a 90-day dose of two drugs. (Credit: CBS)

NU Scientist Creates New Birth Control That Could Protect Women From STIs

Imagine a birth control device that could also protect women against sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. A Northwestern scientist didn’t just imagine it, he created it.

03/12/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Sarah Kustok Condemns Dad’s Affairs But Doesn’t Think He Shot Her Mom

The former Chicago sportscaster took the stand Monday in the murder trial of her father and offered testimony casting doubt on allegations he murdered her mother. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

03/10/2014

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