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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.

Storms Halt Metra Train

Metra Significantly Reduces Number Of Trains For Evening Commute

Some Metra commuters experienced delays of up to two and a half hours on their morning commute, especially on the Milwaukee District Lines.


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Rogers Park Apartment Fire Leaves 35 Displaced

An apartment fire early New Year’s Day in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood has left 35 people displaced from their homes.


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Third Suspect Arrested In Murder Of Pregnant Chicago Teen

Darius Marshall, 19, turned himself in Monday afternoon at the Cook County courthouse and was transferred to the Dolton Police Department.


The Bannockburn Dominick's will be staying open until Jan. 25. (Credit: CBS)

North Suburban Dominick’s Store To Stay Open Another Month

The Dominick’s in north suburban Bannockburn will be staying open for about a month. The emptied shelves are now restocked with food for sale at full price.


Chicago Family Health Center. (Credit: CBS)

Affordable Care Act Could Have An Impact On Local Health Clinics

Health clinics that serve the poor could become an unintended casualty of the Affordable Care Act. Will their patients still turn to the clinic once they have coverage?


Rockie Douglas. (Chicago Police Photo)

Police Searching For Carjacking Suspect

Chicago and state police officials are still searching for a serial carjacking and robbery suspect blamed for causing a fatal traffic accident that killed an 11-year-old boy this weekend.


Dogs rescued from a one bedroom apartment in North Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

30 Dogs Rescued From One Bedroom Apartment In North Chicago

Dozens of dogs were discovered in a small one bedroom apartment in North Chicago.


A four-rotor helicopter drone. (CBS)

Hobbyists Already Getting A Taste Of Amazon’s Drone Techology

What may seem like the package-delivery technology of tomorrow has really already arrived. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Family Stranded In Chicago After Airline Says Man Is Too Big To Fit On Plane

They came to the United States for medical treatment for their son, but a French family is now stranded in Chicago because the airline that brought them here won’t take them back.


Stacy Jurich (left) and Natasha McShane were beaten with a bat in the Bucktown neighborhood in 2010.

Donation Will Allow Victims Of Bucktown Bat Attack To Reunite

Just days after the man who attacked two women with a baseball bat was convicted, Chicago’s Irish-American community is giving thanks and praying for the victims.


Heriberto Viramontes (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Closing Arguments Set For Thursday In Bucktown Bat Attack Trial

The attorneys defending Hiraberto Viramontes took only a day to present their case that someone else attacked Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane.


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Federal Employees Grateful To Work Again, But Leery Of Congress

The deal in Congress keeps them on the job until at least Jan. 15, when the new budget expires. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with Chicago workers.


Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Dart Pushes To Replace Prisoner’s Paperwork With Computer System

Three times in the last year, inmates have been mistakenly released from Cook County Jail.


Police cordon off the corner of the Contitution Ave and First St after shots fired were reported near 2nd Street NW and Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013. The US Capitol was placed on security lockdown Thursday after shots were fired outside the complex, senators said. 'Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down,' Senator Claire McCaskill said on Twitter. Police were seen running within the Capitol building and outside as vehicles swarmed to the scene. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago-Area Members Of Congress Take Precautions As Shooting Erupts

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers were alerted with a blaring security announcement, saying that shots had been fired and advising them to stay in place. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.


Henry McCall used ceramic tiles, a screwdriver, and a 2-by-4 to fight off armed robbers who had shot a friend of his in Avalon Park. (Credit: CBS)

Man Uses Screwdriver To Fight Off Robbers Who Attacked, Shot Friend

A would-be armed robber got more than he was expecting on Saturday. He was stabbed with a screwdriver, when an Avalon Park resident came to the defense of his friend.

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Jon Burge

City Poised To Pay Another Police-Torture Settlement

Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves both spent more than 20 years in prison for murders they didn’t commit. Now, each will receive $6.15 million dollars in compensation.


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New Chapter For CPS Begins Monday With First Day Of School

A new chapter in Chicago Public School history begins Monday, as thousands of kids will begin classes at schools they’ve never attended. On Sunday, many of them celebrated. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley spent the day with families preparing for the first day of classes.


A Cook County sheriff's officer walks off with a confiscated gun. (CBS)

When Gun-Owner Cards Are Revoked, Sheriff’s Police Go After Weapons

More than 5,000 Cook County residents are illegally holding guns after their firearms ownership cards were revoked. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.


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Deerfield Water Warning Remains In Effect

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakely spent the day in the northern suburb and reports residents are certainly annoyed but muddling through. The village says preliminary tests show the contamination has washed itself out of the system,


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‘Visa Lottery’ Winners Hope Program Isn’t Cut During Immigration Debate

Under the immigration reform that passed the U.S. Senate, the so-called visa lottery would be eliminated. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley reports.