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.

Willie Ray is feeling the bite of property tax hikes. (CBS)

Chicago Residents Feel The Pain As Property Tax Hikes Kick In

Mayor Emanuel says he’s helped right the city’s financial ship. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with the people who are paying the bill.


This home about a block north of President Obama's Kenwood mansion is on the market for $1.7 million.

With Michelle Obama In Town, Speculation About Future For Their Home

While President Obama prepares to speak at the DNC tonight, First Lady Michelle Obama is here in Chicago, staying at her home in Kenwood.


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Anti-Brutality Protesters March Downtown Again

A day after 19 people were arrested in downtown Chicago during protests against police killings, a smaller group of activists marched through the Loop Sunday afternoon, and the demonstration ended more calmly this time around.


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Chicago Aldermen To Consider Compromise Plan To Regulate Ride-Sharing Companies

Both sides of Chicago’s rideshare debate hope a compromise will keep Uber and Lyft cars rolling here. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Orlando Shooter Was Often Seen Inside Nightclub He Terrorized

New information emerged Tuesday about the personal life of Omar Mateen, including new insight into his sexual orientation.


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Southeast Side Neighborhood Dealing With Blooming Flower Thief

People love to display flowers this time of year. Others — to steal them. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Amid Escalating Violence, City Faces Challenge Selling Itself To Tourists

As Chicago strives to boost tourism, it faces a growing national reputation for gun-related violence that has gotten out of control.


Vice President Joe Biden talks with oncologists Monday in Chicago. (CBS)

Biden To Cancer Researchers: Work Together

The vice president, speaking to oncologists gathered in Chicago, discouraged them from pursuing the “cult of the individual.” CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Mud-Slinging Begins In U.S. Senate Race Between Kirk, Duckworth

Incumbent Mark Kirk, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth released their first TV ads, and they’re both on the attack.


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Mother Files Lawsuit In 2013 Fatal Chicago Police Shooting Of Son

A Chicago mother says police had no right to shoot and kill her son three years ago, so now she’s suing.


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Chicago Wrestling With How To Regulate Airbnb

A proposed ordinance is stirring opposition from all sides.


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Travelers Facing Long Security Lines At Airports

CBS 2 Derrick Blakley reports the long goodbye at O’Hare is getting even longer.


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Anti-Trump Sentiments Galvanize May Day Marchers

Millions of people around the globe are honoring “May Day.” In Chicago, for some, it means bringing immigration reform to the forefront, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.


Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. (Credit Chicago Police/CBS)

Detective In Koschman Investigation Will Only Serve Two Months Of One-Year Suspension

When does a one-year suspension for police misconduct only take two months? Apparently when you’re a Chicago Police officer.


Jack McCullough after being released Friday April 15, 2016. (CBS)

Cold-Case Convict Grateful For His New Freedom

Jack McCullough, 76, suddenly found himself a free man on Friday, after being convicted of a 1957 murder. CBS 2 caught up with him after his release.


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Pothole Causes Chicago Woman To Trip, Break Leg

Over the years, Chicago’s infamous potholes have broken bicycle rims, car tire rims, even car axles, but last week, a Lakeview pothole caused an unfortunate Chicago grandmother to break a leg.


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New Interim Supt. Johnson Says He’s Never Witnessed Police Misconduct In 27 Years With CPD

Interim Superintendent Eddie Johnson sat down with CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley to talk about his plan for reducing crime, police misconduct and the surprise call from City Hall that put him in charge.


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Judge Allowing Witness Testimony For Hastert Sentencing Hearing

A filing in Dennis Hastert’s hush-money case confirms prosecutors intend to call at least one witness at the former U.S. House speaker’s sentencing, which has been delayed until April 27.


Longtime CPD official Eugene Williams is a finalist for police superintendent. (CBS file)

West Side Leaders Line Up Behind Chicago Police Superintendent Candidate

The black elected officials say veteran Deputy Chief Eugene Williams is the man for the job. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Outside Money Flows Into Two State House Races

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at the sky-high money that’s being spent on two races for low-level offices.




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