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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Layoffs Part Of Across The Board Cuts In University Park

Neither man nor beast is being spared as south suburban University Park copes with severe budget problems.


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Shrine Of Christ The King Gets New Lease On Life

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports the Chicago Archdiocese wasn’t sure the fledgling parish could raise the money to salvage the historic building, but it’s decided to give them a chance.


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Madigan Challenger Out Knocking On Doors In Hopes Of Upset

There is a push to unseat arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois: Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.


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Explosion Destroys Home In Hebron, Indiana

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports investigators suspect natural gas may be the cause.


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As CPS Promises $100 Million In Cuts, Principals Await Details

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has a look at the process.


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Parents Dismayed As Discord Between CPS, Teachers Continues

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley explains parents are not happy about news of possible teachers strike again.


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Emanuel Discusses Police-Community Relations At Mayors Conference

Emanuel he says he’s not hiding from the controversy over policing in Chicago.


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Emanuel In Washington D.C. For U.S. Mayor’s Conference

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a little work ahead of him, repairing his reputation as a big city leader. He’s in the nation’s capital for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.


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Illinois Tollway Launches Zero Weather Road Patrols

The frigid weather could last for a couple more days, so the Illinois Tollway has stepped up around-the clock protection for drivers.


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Gov. Rauner Says CPS Shouldn’t Expect Money From Springfield

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley spoke with the governor in Springfield Tuesday as he starts his second year in office.


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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.


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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.


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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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