Jim Williams

Jim Williams (CBS)

Jim Williams (CBS)

Jim Williams, a native Chicagoan, co-anchors the CBS 2 Chicago Weekend Evening News. He is also a general assignment reporter for the station’s other newscasts.

Williams has more than 30 years of journalism experience. Before joining CBS 2 Chicago in December 2002, he worked for ABC News and WGN-TV. He also served several years with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration.

He was a correspondent for ABC News, based at the network’s Chicago bureau from 1997-2001. Williams reported from around the world for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and “Nightline.”


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From 1992-1997, Williams was Mayor Daley’s press secretary. In this capacity, he supervised media relations throughout city government and worked with news organizations from around the world on such significant stories as the 1996 Democratic National Convention, the Mayor’s takeover of the Board of Education, his 1995 re-election campaign and the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament. Williams also created the city government’s first television magazine show, “Chicago Works!”

Williams began his broadcasting career as a writer, producer and reporter at WGN-TV. He primarily covered the government beat, winning several awards, including an Emmy for investigative reporting. He also received an award for “Best Light Feature” by the Associated Press of Illinois in 2006.

He graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Media Management.

Jim and his wife, Joyce, have four adult children.

Positively Chicago: Men of Color Connected for Higher Achievement

At nearly seven-feet tall former basketball star Lemone Lampley is now a giant in the community.

10/04/2017

Chicago’s ‘Mom Of The Island’ Survives Hurricane Irma

A woman from Chicago survived in her adopted home of the Virgin Islands, but her family was left in the dark for several tense hours. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

09/13/2017

DACA Dreamer Hopeful Laws Will Change

Angelica Magana was too young to make the decision on her own — to leave Mexico for the United States all those years ago.

09/05/2017

Chicago Police Officers Go On Shopping Spree For Kids Whose Mom Left Abusive Relationship

On Friday, a mother walked into the Harrison District police station, seeking help for her four children.

09/05/2017

Positively Chicago: The Faith Farmers

There’s plenty of heart among the tomatoes, beans, okra and greens at this farm, in a rather unlikely place: KAM Isaiah Israel synagogue in Kenwood.

08/24/2017

County Layoffs Not A Scare Tactic: Preckwinkle

Cook County government was counting — literally — on a sweetened-beverage tax to balance its budget. The tax is in legal limbo. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

07/12/2017

Sugary Beverage Tax Pops This Weekend

At least for Cook County consumers of sweetened drinks. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with a local businessperson about the extra work to collect the cash.

06/26/2017

On Eve Of Special Session, Pressure Mounts For Bipartisan State Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner offered to work with lawmakers to finally approve a full state budget.

06/20/2017

Hero Found: Kidney Transplant Set After Grandfather’s Old-School Plea

Matt Hays’ devoted grandfather, Charlie, drew attention last year when he advertised for a kidney donor on his pickup truck. CBS 2’s Jim Williams has this follow up.

06/19/2017

Positively Chicago: Making Better Dads

The Dovetail Project’s goal is to give young African American fathers the guidance they need to take care of their children. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

06/16/2017

Jazz Musicians Rally Behind Saxophonist Diane Ellis A Year After Stroke

Diane Ellis has guided the talents of many young musicians. Now they’re showing their gratitude.

06/11/2017

Mayors From Around The World Trade Security Tips In Chicago

The recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London have dominated the news and alarmed people in cities everywhere. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

06/07/2017

Bystander Praised As Hero After Rushing Into Burning Apartments

LeMont Dembry called 9-1-1 and got a warning from the dispatcher: Stay away from the fire scene. He did not listen. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

06/05/2017

Undocumented Grandmother Gets Reprieve — For Now

Genoveva Ramirez, 67, has another meeting scheduled with the feds on Aug. 31. CBS 2’s Jim Williams has this update.

05/30/2017

Undocumented Grandmother Of 10 Faces ‘Appointment’ With Feds

Genoveva Ramirez, 67, is an undocumented immigrant who has lived in Chicago for nearly two decades.

05/29/2017

Security Increased For Allstate Arena Concert

Emily Davis and Marcus Munoz drove in from Kansas City to see The Weeknd, despite the attack that occurred overseas. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/23/2017

Positively Chicago: Kids Helping Kids

Eva and Isiah Jakobe have learned an important life lesson — at only 9 and 6 years old, respectively. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/18/2017

FBI Remembers Agents Killed In 1934 Shootout With Gangsters

The “Battle of Barrington” was the final gun battle for fugitive Baby Face Nelson, and it cost two agents their lives. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/17/2017

Positively Chicago: Bus Driver By Day, Blues Guitarist By Night

Toronzo Cannon finds inspiration for his art by driving the streets of our city. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/11/2017

Richard Irvin Becomes First African-American Mayor Of Aurora

The 47-year-old becomes the first African American mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city.

05/09/2017

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