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.


Group Of Students From Public Housing Leaving For College

Some 150 young people within the Chicago Housing Authority are going places. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Computer Requirement Has York H.S. Parents Digging Deep

In Elmhurst, some parents are feeling pain over the cost of going digital.


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Father Mourned After Wood Dale Tent Collapse, Questions Linger About Safety Response

Steven Nincic took his two daughters to Prairie Fest because they wanted him to win some gold fish at a carnie game. And he did. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Charles Goodman. (Credit: Lake County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office.)

Driver In Deadly Indiana Bus Crash Has History Of Violations

Court records for the driver of the ill-fated Gary church bus reveal a long and shocking disregard for basic driving regulations that stretches back almost two decades.


HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 15:  People receive a free meningitis vaccine from  Dr. Wayne Chen at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation pharmacy on April 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation started free meningitis vaccines after a West Hollywood man died from the disease.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Meningitis Vaccine Required For 6th, 12th Graders Returning To School

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley finds out what’s behind the rule change.


Dash cam video of Sandra Bland's arrest earlier this month. (Credit: Texas Department of Public Safety.

What Are Your Rights During A Traffic Stop?

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reviewed key points of the bland dashboard video with two law enforcement experts.


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Residents Of River North Building On Edge After Building Hit With Bullets

Someone is taking shots at a high-rise in River North. Bullets have damaged property and worried residents as police search for the gunman, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.


Metra station at Route 59 in Aurora. (CreditL CBS)

Fees For Proposed Trolley Rankle Aurora Residents

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports the proposed trolley would run from several new subdivisions to the Route 59 Metra Station, but the alderman who represents the area says not a single resident she’s canvassed wants the trolley.


Thornton Reservoir. (Credit: CBS)

Workers Putting Finishing Touches On Thornton Reservoir

The numbers are staggering and the engineering nothing short of miraculous. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes us to an old place with a newfound purpose.


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)

‘El Chapo’ Regains Chicago’s Public Enemy Number One Title

Guzman’s escape means the man most responsible Chicago’s violent drug trade is fully back in business once again.


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Are Cockpit Cameras Just Around The Corner?

Airline pilots are fighting them, but there is an increasing call for surveillance technology. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Business As Usual For Many Investors Despite NYSE Shutdown

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a closer look at what happened.


A flooded field in Peotone. (Credit: CBS)

Heavy Rains Have Illinois Farmers Dealing With Soaked Crops

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports farmers in Peotone are dealing with soggy crops.


ComEd crews working to restore power in Coal City. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Working To Restore Electricity To Homes In Coal City

It’s a race against Mother Nature in Coal City as residents there try to clean up as much tornado damage as possible before severe weather rolls in once again.


The Confederate flag flying outside the South Carolina capitol building. (Credit: CBS)

South Carolina Governor Calls For Taking Down Confederate Flag

(CBS) — Leaders in South Carolina are calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from state capitol grounds. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports it’s been a contentious issue for years, brought to a head […]


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Chicago Eyes A City Income Tax On Residents, Suburbanites Who Work Here

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at the smoke signals from cash-strapped Chicago City Hall.


Kenwood Academy graduate Arianna Alexander. (Credit: CBS)

Kenwood Academy Grad Awarded More Than $3 Million In Scholarship Money

At a time when so many are struggling to pay for college, Kenwood Academy valedictorian Arianna Alexander is a scholarship record-breaker, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.


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NW Side Parish Converting Convent Into Senior Housing

A Northwest Side parish is the first in Chicago that’s moving to renovate an unused convent into apartments for seniors.


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Peoria Teen Swept Away By Floodwater Survives By Clinging To Tree Branch

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports for police and family members, it was the end of a nightmare, wondering if 15-year-old Demarcus Jackson would be found alive.


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Did CTA Driver Have Medical Issue At Time Of Deadly Crash?

Union officials believe it was a medical incident–not a mechanical fault or human error–that was behind this week’s deadly CTA rush hour bus crash.




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