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.

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Would Using Deflated Balls Give New England Patriots Big Advantage?

Did the New England Patriots cheat in their conference championship game? There’s reportedly new evidence today that footballs were deliberately under-inflated.

01/21/2015

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Lower Gas Prices Mean Extra Cash For Municipalities

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports months ago governments they didn’t anticipate today’s plunging oil prices, so now they have extra money. But one analyst warns: don’t be so quick to spend it on other things.

01/20/2015

African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., listening to a transistor radio in the front line of the third march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to campaign for proper registration of black voters. (Photo by William Lovelace/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Cancel Classes On MLK Day? No Way, Says Selma Marcher Who Knew Dr. King

A Chicago educator who marched for voting rights in Selma, Ala. 50 years ago reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/19/2015

Boyede Sobita with the Nigerian American Professional Association

Local Nigerian-Americans Wonder Why Boko Haram Massacre Isn’t Getting Attention?

The terrorist attack in Paris galvanized the world and sparked overwhelming sympathy. But the reaction to a massacre in Nigeria at the same time has been much different, even though many more people died there.

01/14/2015

A Chicago Streets & Sanitation worker cleans anti-Semitic graffiti from a garage in West Rogers Park. Several garages and a small synagogue were vandalized on Sunday. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Chicago Incidents Detailed In Wiesenthal Center Report On Midwest Anti-Semitism

What do vandalism on Chicago’s North Side and bullying at a public school here have in common? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both ended up on a list tracking Anti-Semitism in the Midwest.

01/13/2015

Pedestrians use Chicago's little-known "Pedway," a system of tunnels. (CBS)

Pedway Offers Warm Shortcuts To Avoid Cold Downtown

For those of us who had to come to work, the key to staying warm can be a few shortcuts, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

01/07/2015

Pedestrians brave the cold weather as they make their way down the street during the start of a severe cold snap Wednesday night. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Brave Freezing Temps

With temperatures plunging Monday, CBS 2’s Jim Williams spent the day with people who have no choice but to endure the cold.

01/05/2015

Chicago Bears fans bring out the bags early the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

For Beleaguered Bears Fans, A Sense Of Relief

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports Bears enthusiasts were glad that team owners began to make sweeping changes by firing General Manager Phil Emery and Coach Marc Trestman.

12/29/2014

Donatello Herrera. (Family-provided photo)

Community Donates Money, Gifts To Family Of Murdered Chicago Man

One week ago, a 35-year-old man described as a devoted father and husband was shot to death as he left work.

12/24/2014

Donatello Herrera. (Family-provided photo)

Police Searching For Gunman Who Killed Father Of Three Near Bus Stop

Chicago Police are looking for the killer of a 35-year-old father of three who was gunned down early Wednesday morning at a CTA bus stop, right after he left work.

12/17/2014

The Rialto Theatre in Joliet. (Credit:CBS)

Joliet Residents Trying To Block New Digital Marquee At Rialto Theatre

It is one of America’s classic theatres admired for its beauty and history. But soon, a big change is coming to the Rialto Theatre in Joliet. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports lots of people there are trying to stop it.

12/16/2014

Kathy O'Malley hugs Mike Perlen, the Hugo's customer she revived after he had a heart attack in September. (CBS)

Heart Attack Patient Reunited With Restaurant Manager Who Saved His Life

You might call this “The Miracle on Rush Street.” A man suffered what seemed to be a fatal heart attack at a popular restaurant, but a manager there never gave up trying to save his life. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/08/2014

One of the thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus every day during the holiday season. The Post Office opens and sorts through those letters to find children and families in need, and offers those letters to volunteers to buy gifts. (Credit: CBS)

Generous Chicago Couple Once Again Working To Answer Kids’ Letters To Santa

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the annual Operation Santa post office campaign again is being helped by an especially generous Chicago couple.

12/03/2014

Gasoline pump. (Credit: Miguel Gutierrez/Getty Images)

Lower Gas Prices Could Hurt Some U.S. Companies

Falling gas prices are great news for motorists and maybe not so good for U.S. companies down the road.

12/02/2014

A doctor holds up a model skull from a 3D printer  used to help perform surgery. (Credit: CBS)

Models From 3D Printers Help Doctors Perform Face Transplant Surgery

The victim of a vicious crime is the beneficiary of medical innovation and new technology.

12/01/2014

Archbishop Cupich hands out turkeys at St. Columbanus. (Credit: CBS)

Archbishop Cupich Hands Out Holiday Meals At South Side Parish

CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us Archbishop Blase Cupich passed out a lot more than holiday meals to those in need..

11/26/2014

Security guard the main door of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, on November 24, 2014 where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict a white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown. (Credit:  JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Legal Expert: Based On Testimony, Ferguson Grand Jury Made Right Call

Many law experts have a different take on the grand jury’s decision. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked to our legal analyst Irv Miller, who says based on the testimony that was presented, the grand jury made the right call.

11/25/2014

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Too Early For A Christmas Tree? Not To Sellers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams has tree-buying tips for people who are getting a jump on the holiday tradition.

11/24/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the State Dining Room of the White House on August 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he has authorized military strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and a humanitarian aid drop. ISIS has been advancing on the important city of Erbil, Iraq and a civilian humanitarian crisis has developed. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Rep. Gutierrez Applaud Obama’s Action On Immigration

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will give a primetime address on immigration.

11/19/2014

Harpist Lillian Lau (CBS)

Local Harpist Plays Role In Archbishop’s Installation

Raised in Hong Kong, Lillian Lau started playing the harp at nine years old. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/17/2014

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