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.

This is what the future trauma center at the University of Chicago medical center will look like. (University of Chicago Medicine)

U. of C. Medicine Trauma Center Head Aims To Tackle Chicago Violence

Dr. Selwyn Rogers, the first director of the University of Chicago Medicine’s new trauma center, hopes to curb city’s soaring gun violence.


Jose Garcia, left, claims landlords are evicting Latinos from and Albany Park apartment building. (CBS)

Minority Families Claim They’re Being Evicted To Make Room For Non-Latinos

Jose Garcia wonders where he, his wife and young children will live next. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Angalia Bianca greets a friend during her CeaseFire shift. (CBS)

The Women Of CeaseFire: Trying To Bring Calm In A City Of Violence

They go to the hospitals and the streets to stop family members and friends from retaliating when a loved one is shot.


Retired carpenter Greg Zanis has erected crosses representing every Chicago homicide victim of 2017 in a lot in Englewood. (Credit: CBS)

Mothers Group Threatened To Take Down Englewood Crosses Memorial

Some said the crosses honoring gun violence victims emphasized the negative image people already have of the South Side neighborhood.


Holiday shoppers walk past a Starbucks Coffee shop December 23, 2009 at Tyson's Corner mall in McLean, Virginia. US retailers are scrambling to stave off a holiday sales disaster after an East Coast blizzard that forced many shops and malls to close for the critical pre-Christmas weekend. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Starbucks CEO’s Stance On Trump Travel Ban Stirs Up Bitter Brew

Starbucks CEO Howard Schutlz pledged to hire 10,000 refugees, sparking a social media backlash. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Two children have a good time during Chicago's infamous Blizzard of 1967. (courtesy: Erklin Family)

Chicago Couple Recalls The Blizzard Of 1967 As ‘Scary,’ ‘Fun’

Would Chicago be as hobbled today if the same volume of snow came down in 2017? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Edward Peecher (CBS)

Chicago Pastor Challenges Trump To Put Some ‘Meat To The Tweets’

Some Englewood residents are interested in the idea of federal intervention to curb Chicago violence — up to a point, anyway. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


MASK members camp out on a west side corner as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (CBS)

Chicago Moms Camp Out On Dangerous Block For MLK Tribute

A group of Chicago mothers paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by camping out on the most dangerous block in the city.


Police on the scene of a shooting in North Riverside. (CBS)

North Riverside Police Shoot Suspected Bank Robber

The suspect then grabbed an elderly man and held him at knifepoint “in an attempt to use him as a human shield,” police said.


Karen Freeman-Wilson (CBS)

Latest ‘Undercover Boss’: Gary, Ind.’s Mayor

For five years now, Karen Freeman-Wilson has been the mayor of Gary and seems to know everyone. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Tom and Lucy Sanchez with a portrait of their late son, Tommy Jr. (CBS/Jim Williams)

Parents Honor Memory Of Son By Handing Out Gifts To Hospitalized Children

With every toy and kind word, Tom and Lucy Sanchez are fulfilling their son’s dying wish. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


CBS 2's Jim Williams talks with Matt Beresh and Jennifer Jones. (CBS)

Meet Chicago’s Mr. And Mrs. Klaus

For 16 years now, Jennifer Jones and Matt Beresh, wife and husband, have distributed thousands of gifts to needy families. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Dave Martinez, Illinois Lottery winner. (Credit: Illinois Lottery)

Custodian Strikes It Rich With $2 Million Lottery Win

He is a custodian and now a millionaire. Dave Martinez bought a winning scratch off lottery ticket at a North Suburban gas station last month.


President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.  (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Cubs Co-Owner Is Trump Pick For Deputy Commerce Secretary

Will Chicago benefit? Mayor Emanuel hopes so. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Patricia Smith (CBS)

Volunteer At Food Giveaway Remembers Lean Thanksgivings: ‘I See Me’

Patricia Smith helps give groceries away at the Paul Hall Community Center. She knows what it’s like to need food around the holidays. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

Debate On Police Accountability Continues, One Year After Laquan McDonald Video

It will be a tall order to convince some Chicagoans new reforms will make a new difference.


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks during a press conference March 31, 2015 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pence spoke about the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which has been condemned by business leaders and Democrats.  (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Mixed Feelings About Vice President-Elect Pence In Northwest Indiana

The man who will be one heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency is the outgoing governor of the Hoosier State. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


(Image Credits: Justin Sullivan/Brian Bianco/Getty Images)

Economy Top Issue For Illinois Voters; Many Not Enthused With Choices, Poll Finds

As voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, what was on their minds?


3-year-old Patrick Zbellut (CBS)

3-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured In Chicago Lawn Hit-And-Run

A 3-year-old boy was struck by a car and seriously injured Monday evening in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.


Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, resplendent in wacky suit, departs Chicago for Cleveland on Halloween. (CBS)

Cool Cubs Depart Wrigley On Halloween, Looking To Exorcise Ghosts

Skipper Joe Maddon strikes again, as he and some of his players have fun on the eve of Game 6 of the World Series, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2016


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