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.”
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.
True or false: Chicago is more dangerous today than ever before? Many would say “true” pointing to murders and shootings, countless news reports, plus posts on social media all describing the city’s violence.
Right after Antonio Tolbert’s family learned he had been murdered, they rushed to the body shop he owned in Gary. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
The neighborhood around the school has high unemployment and high crime. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Cyber criminals can ruin your credit, making it difficult to buy a house or car, but CBS 2’s Jim Williams learned, not everyone takes action even after the fraud’s been discovered.
Mariano’s Fresh Market has announced its plans to open a new grocery store in Chicago, at the intersection of 87th Street and the lake.
This past weekend was very busy one for Northwestern Hospital trauma surgeon Marie Crandall, but advances in medicine mean a much better outcome now.
The parents of a 16 year old who died suddenly last month were honored Wednesday for giving others life.
Good information or another example of Big Brother? It’s a debate in Chicago with the installation of sensors on the street that will tell us a lot about how we live, reports WBBM’s Jim Williams.
The recent sightings of a young black bear in northern Illinois could be a signal more of the animals will make their way here. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
We hear so much about the improving economy and that more people are working. In fact the national unemployment rate is 6.3 percent now, much lower than during the recession a few years ago.
On Monday, he expanded a program to make it easier for graduates to make their monthly loan payments. But CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports it could cost them more in the long run.
An analyst says the so-called “fast-casual” restaurant market is increasingly competitive today. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
John Bock survived the Battle of the Bulge and went on to have a distinguished career as an aeronautical engineer, never discussing his bravery on the battlefield. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
It’s the largest closing of a nuclear plant in the United States and, it’s right in our backyard. The most critical and dangerous part of the process at Zion is underway right now with the transfer of used nuclear fuel.
A community activist says teenage girls — runaways — were held captive and forced by pimps to have sex.
If you work for a small business, would you want the state of Illinois involved with your retirement account?
Several sponsors of the Los Angeles Clippers announced Monday that they will end their relationship with the team after owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist comments.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there were cloudy skies outside the United Center, but the weather didn’t reflect the mood. Blackhawks fans are optimistic, even though they trail in the series 2-0.
This is not the best time to be a meat eater as beef prices are at an all-time high and a virus is sweeping the country, killing millions of pigs in the last several months.
He is a child, but his mother says he was arrested as she stood right there, helpless. In this original report, Jim Williams reports the mother wants answers from the officers’ bosses.