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.

Report: Trump Travel Ban Attacks Nonexistent Terrorism Problem

A new University of Chicago report says Trump’s seven nation travel ban attacks a problem that doesn’t exist.


New Chicago Cops Graduate Amid Scrutiny

108 new cops have graduated and are about to hit Chicago streets, and Supt. Johnson has more faith in them than some Cleveland preacher.


Peoria Takes A Hit As Caterpillar Moves Its Headquarters To Chicago

The Peoria location became an increasing liability for Caterpillar’s globe-trotting executives.


Not All Illinois Republicans Back Trump’s Travel Ban

Congressman Adam Kinzinger supported a review of vetting, but criticized the confusion the order caused.


Chicago Leaders Fire Back At Trump’s Afghanistan Reference

Chicago civic leaders at the City Club disputed President Trump’s implication that Afghanistan was less violent than Chicago.


Sean Spicer: ‘Sometimes We Can Disagree With The Facts’

In his first press briefing, President Trump’s Press Secretary defended his claim that record numbers watched the inauguration


Will Illinois Get Snubbed By Trump White House? Not Necessarily, Observer Says

The BGA’s Andy Shaw says key Illinois Republicans, like businessman—and fundraiser—Ron Gidwitz and some members of Congress are close to President Trump.


At Inauguration, Trump Promises America Will ‘Start Winning Again’

As part of the peaceful transition of power, once-bitter rivals and fierce critics were in the crowd, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.


Illinois Republicans Optimistic About Trump’s Inauguration

Downstate Congressman Adam Kinzinger knows that with Republicans in charge of Congress and the White House, it’s a whole new ballgame.


DOJ Report The Latest Laquan McDonald Fallout For Mayor Emanuel

The release of the DOJ report is the latest chapter in a firestorm around CPD that once seemed to threaten Rahm Emanuel’s political career.


Trump Rails Against ‘Fake News,’ Previews His White House Agenda

In his first news conference since July, Trump denied that Russia obtained compromising personal and financial information about him.


Obama Bids Farewell To Presidency In Chicago Speech

Obama plans to reaffirm in his farewell address his belief that change only happens when “ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it.”


On Eve Of Obama’s National Farewell, Illinois Allies Praise His Presidency

Illinois Democrats were thanking the president for his last big gift to Chicago, a $1 billion grant for CTA train tracks and stations.


Gov. Rauner Not Optimistic About State Budget Breakthrough, Blames Madigan

With the Illinois General Assembly back in session next week, the governor sat down with CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley.


Duckworth, Other Asian-American Politicians Making Mark In Illinois

Besides Duckworth, Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Indian American, is sworn in to replace her in the U.S. House. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.


Illinois Lawmakers Have Repeat Gun Offenders In Their Sights

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley talks with two legislators working to put repeat gun offenders behind bars.


2017: Year Of The Chicago Cash Grab

CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley tallies up the hundreds of dollars in new taxes and fees Chicagoans will have to pay — and why.


Amazon To Build 2 Distribution Centers In Western Suburbs

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


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.


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.




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