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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Witness Account Raises Questions About Fatal Police Shooting

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports an eyewitness account of the police shooting that claimed the lives of those two West Garfield Park residents raises new questions about what caused police to open fire.


Bonnie Gall is in the way of a reservoir expansion in Burbank. (CBS)

Holidays Not So Happy For Burbank Residents Who Will Be Displaced By Reservoir Expansion

The time is running out, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Inspector General’s Report Criticises City’s Street Paving Strategy

Chicago spends way too much filling potholes and not nearly enough preventing them, according to a new audit by the inspector general.


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Boy Gets Liver Transplant After Mom Makes Plea On Facebook

Just one week ago, Anthony Parello received a transplanted liver. His mother’s long-lost friend was the donor. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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71-Year-Old Man Shot To Death After Answering The Door To His Back Of The Yards Home

A beloved and retired construction worker did something we all do: every day: he simply answered his front door. A gunman shot and killed the elderly man in his Back of the Yards home Sunday morning.



City Continues Effort To Raze Warehouse Where Firefighter Fell To His Death

Thursday, hundreds paid their respects to Daniel Capuano at a visitation.


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Mayor Emanuel Lashes Out At Owner Of Warehouse Where Firefighter Died

An emotional Mayor Rahm Emanuel lashed out today at the developer who allegedly performed illegal renovation work that led to the death of firefighter Daniel Capuano and we’re learning more about that businessman’s activities in the 10th Ward, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.


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City Re-Examining Whether To Release Dashcam Video In Ronald Johnson Shooting

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has the latest developments in the controversy over Ronald Johnson’s death.


Director Spike Lee at the Chicago premiere of his moving, "Chi-Raq."

Cusak, Pfleger Forge Bond During Filming Of ‘Chi-Raq’

Spike Lee’s controversial movie “Chi-raq” had its world premiere last night.


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Spike Lee Film “Chi-Raq” Premiering In Chicago

The movie opens nationwide December 4.


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Men Claiming They ‘Were With ISIS’ Prompts Massive Police Response Downtown

With both the nation, and the city, on high alert, police are taking no chances on potential terrorist threats.


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Refugee Agencies Gearing Up To Accept Syrians In Illinois

More Republicans are calling for a pause in plans to relocate Syrian refugees in the United States, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.


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Interim Fox Lake Chief: Gliniewicz Should Have Been Fired “A Long Time Ago”

Michael Keller was brought in from the Lake County Sheriff’s office to clean up the mess in the Fox Lake Police Department four days after Lt. Joe Gliniewicz killed himself.


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One Year After Fire, Pain Endures For North Side Family Who Lost Son

The couple spoke to CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley in this original report.


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Mailrooms For Residential High-Rises Overwhelmed By Packages From Online Shoppers

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, building managers are bracing for holiday headaches.


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Fed Up Neighbors Clean Up Mess Left Underneath Viaduct

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports it was all the result of one woman who was fed up with filth.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Union Warns Air Traffic Controller Shortage Could Lead To Delays For Chicago Travelers

Chicago air passengers could be facing increasing delays if the numbers of air traffic controllers doesn’t increase. That’s the warning from the controllers’ union, which says the situation here in Chicago and nationwide, has reached a critical stage.


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Emanuel: Fear Of Being Recorded May Be Discouraging Cops From Doing Their Jobs

The mayor says it’s partly to blame for the rise in Chicago crime. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 900 block of Central Park Avenue. (CBS)

Rev. Jackson To President: Hold National Summit On Gun Violence, In Chicago

Leaders here say a state of emergency exists on the streets, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Study Backs Test In Identifying Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Avoid Chemo

A new study with a local connection shows a test accurately identifies many women with early-stage cancer who can safely skip chemotherapy. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.




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