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.

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 […]

06/22/2015

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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.

06/11/2015

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.

06/10/2015

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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.

06/09/2015

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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.

06/08/2015

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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.

06/04/2015

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No Bond For Man Charged With Killing Man For Cell Phone In Lakeview

Prosecutors revealed how they think the robbery-turned murder happened, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

05/31/2015

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Were U.S. World Cup Games Tainted?

World Cup soccer isn’t played just for kicks, the real prize is illegal cash. That’s the allegation from federal prosecutors, who charge soccer’s overlords with taking bribes and kickbacks.

05/27/2015

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Deck Hazards Sometimes Difficult To Spot

An Evanston porch collapse injured four Monday night during a holiday cookout. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley found, it’s sometimes tough even for experts to spot a hazard.

05/26/2015

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Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Girl, 5

Police are searching for the driver of a car that fatally struck a 5-year-old girl Saturday afternoon in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

05/24/2015

Video posted on Facebook shows a Chicago police officer asleep inside his police SUV. (Source: Facebook)

Emanuel Says Don’t Judge Police On One Incident After Camera Catches Cop Sleeping

After video surfaced showing a uniformed officer sound asleep in a squad car, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cautioned that all police shouldn’t be judged on one incident.

05/20/2015

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DePaul Expert: Jet Hacker May Help Improve Air Safety

(CBS) — A computer hacker told the FBI he took control of a jetliner’s engines not long after he departed a flight that passed through Chicago. Is he just bragging? Or has he exposed a […]

05/18/2015

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Mothers Remember Children Lost To Violence

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports those moms, hoping to use their painful loss, for a higher purpose.

05/10/2015

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Northwestern Goes ‘Trade School’ In Unique Partnership With Evanston

It’s not exactly known as a trade school, but at Northwestern University, a group a Evanston residents are learning about construction while on the job.

05/07/2015

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Emanuel: Dual Taxation For Pensions ‘Wrong’

The Chicago Teachers Union is incensed over the city’s demand that teachers accept a seven percent pay cut, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel today emphasized he’s fighting a two front battle: not just over a teachers contract, but also over pension relief from Springfield.

05/06/2015

Students under the supervision of the late Keith Haring work on a public mural in the late-1980s. (CBS)

Keith Haring Art Project From 1989 Could Be Worth Millions, But Some Of It Is Missing

Panels are apparently missing from a 1989 mural by famed artist Keith Haring and Chicago public students. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

05/04/2015

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Pullman Welcomes New Method Products Soap Plant

They are calling it the South Side Soap Box, but the sparkling new Method Products plant is about a whole lot more than just soap.

04/28/2015

Chicagoans Alex Gaulin, Dean Tatooles and Christopher Mundy return from Nepal. (Credit: CBS)

Three Chicago Travelers Return Home After Experiencing Nepal Earthquake Firsthand

(CBS) — Three Chicagoans returned home from Nepal Sunday grateful to be alive after a deadly magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit the country. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley was at O’Hare Airport Sunday when they arrived. All […]

04/26/2015

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Mourners Remember A Cardinal Of Many Facets

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with parishioners and clergy members about the late cardinal.

04/23/2015

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CPS Critics: School Officials Ignored Red Flags Over No-Bid Contract

Chicago schools chief Barbara Byrd Bennett has a relationship with SUPES Academy and its founder, Gary Solomon, that goes back many years. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

04/16/2015

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