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.

Shipping orders go by on a conveyor belt at Amazon's San Bernardino Fulfillment Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Amazon To Build 2 Distribution Centers In Western Suburbs

The projects will employ 1,000 people. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Electoral College Confirms Trump As Next President

But Illinois electors gave the nod to Hillary Clinton, who carried the state. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


US President Barack Obama holds a year-end press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, December 16, 2016. Obama said Friday he had confronted Vladimir Putin in person over allegations of Russian hacking when they met ahead of the US election, telling him to 'cut it out.' / AFP / SAUL LOEB (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Topic Of Putin Dominates Obama’s Last News Conference Of 2016

The president also lamented he couldn’t do more to stop the killing in Syria. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a prison-reform measure Thursday. (CBS)

Rauner Teams Up With Dems For Prison-Reform Measure, But Budget Deal Elusive

The governor signed a law providing state IDs for inmates as they leave prison, to ease their transition to life on the outside. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


President-Elect Donald Trump addresses Wisconsin supporters Tuesday. (CBS)

Trump Supporters Flock To Wisconsin To See President-Elect

The Republican winged his way back to Wisconsin to say thanks to a state that helped carry him to the White House. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield. (CBS)

Social Service Providers, Their Needy Clients Brace For State Budget Uncertainty

For years, the shelter at the People’s Church in Uptown provided reliable refuge for homeless men. Now, it’s getting ready to close. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


The stolen Shih Tzu puppy (Facebook/Furry Babies)

Puppy Worth $3,000 Stolen From Joliet Pet Shop

The stolen animal is a tiny Shih Tzu, 10 weeks old. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Green Party presidential hopeful Jill Stein (CBS)

Jill Stein Fundraising To Launch A Recount Of Votes In 3 Key States

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is launching a recount effort in three key states.


U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to National Basketball Association Hall of Fame member and legendary athlete Michael Jordan during a ceremony in at the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Newton Minow, Bulls Legend Michael Jordan Honored At White House

Architect Frank Gehry — designer of Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion — also was in this year’s latest calss of Medal of Freedom recipients.


Newton Minow (CBS)

Newton Minow Asked: Is TV Still A ‘Vast Wasteland’?

The Medal of Freedom recipient’s answer might surprise you. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley talks with the Chicago legend.


Gov. Bruce Rauner discusses the "stopgap" budget deal reached with Democrats this week.

Rauner Gets Edge Over State Employee Union, Will Strike Follow?

Gov. Bruce Rauner has scored a major victory in his battle with the biggest union of state employees.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan addresses reporters Tuesday in Springfield. (CBS)

Budget Progress? State Leaders Meet 40 Minutes, Agree To Meet The Next Day

Meanwhile, the state’s finances continue to burn, says one government watchdog. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


Governor Bruce Rainer talks to reporters at his Chicago office. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Dem Leaders A No-Show At Gov. Rauner’s Legislative Summit

The political blood feud between the Republican Illinois governor and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, apparently continues. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


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Republican Kirk Predicts ‘Upset’ Of Duckworth In High-Profile Senate Race

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley has the latest on the U.S. Senate race that could help shift the balance of power in Washington.


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Kirk, Duckworth Both Say They Are Healthy Enough To Serve In U.S. Senate

Friday was the final debate between Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and his Democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth.


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Humboldt Park Proposes To Honor Javier Baez

The Cubs haven’t won the World Series yet, but there are already calls for a permanent honor to one player – Baez.

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2 Groups Pull Kirk Endorsement Following His Remark About Duckworth’s Parents

It was the result of comments Kirk made in last week’s debate against opponent Tammy Duckworth.


There's no Chicagoan who was more closely connected to both the Cubs and the Indians than Hall-Of-Famer Lou Boudreau. His son and daughter sit down with CBS 2's Derrick Blakley. | CBS

Hall Of Famer Lou Boudreau Had Strong Cubs, Indians Ties

Boudreau was a player-manager on the Indians’ championship team in 1948 and also a longtime Cubs broadcaster.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2016

Cubs tickets. | CBS 2 Chicago

Which Local Political Officials Will Be At Chicago World Series Games?

Some aldermen are plenty peeved that the Cubs withdrew their offer to sell them World Series tickets at face value, after ethics officials objected.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2016

Illinois comptroller candidates Leslie Munger, Republican, left, and her Democratic challenger, Susana Mendoza. (CBS)

Candidates Spending Record Amounts To Win Lesser Known Office Of Illinois Comptroller

The race between Republican Leslie Munger and Democrat Susana Mendoza is in many ways a grudge match between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.




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