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Jim Williams

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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.

Jackie Robinson West in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series. (Credit: CBS)

Jackie Robinson West Shows True Grit

It would be one of life’s serious mistakes to ever count the Jackie Robinson West little league team out. They proved that once again on Monday.

08/19/2014

Jackie Robinson West All-Stars celebrate a home  by Pierce Jones earlier in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Facebook)

Parents Of Jackie Robinson Players Have Priorities In Order

It is win or go home for the Jackie Robinson West team Monday as the take on Rhode Island in bid to stay alive in the Little League World Series.

08/18/2014

Jackie Robinson West players relax at the barbershop. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Little Leaguers Relax On Off-Day At World Series

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West little league team has one day to get ready for their next game in the world series.

08/16/2014

Jackie Robinson West All-Stars celebrate a home  by Pierce Jones earlier in the Little League World Series. (Credit: Facebook)

Jackie Robinson West Makes New Fans At Little League Competition

Everywhere you go in South Williamsport, Pa. you see them: the yellow T-shirts for Jackie Robinson West or the Great Lakes region the team represents. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

08/15/2014

Jackie Robinson West in Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series. (Credit: Jim Williams)

Chicago Little League Team Getting Ready Ahead Of Little League World Series

It’s almost time to play ball as a team from Chicago is in the Little League World Series for the first time in decades.

08/13/2014

Jenn Gibbons

Undeterred By Assault Two Years Ago, Woman Plans To Circle Lake Michigan On Bicycle

She survived a terrible ordeal two years ago and came back to support a charity important to millions. Now, Jenn Gibbons is back with another endurance test for that important cause.

08/06/2014

Brick homes in Chicago's Pullman neighborhood. (Credit: CBS)

Pullman Neighborhood Gets Funds For Home Restoration

The Pullman neighborhood has many iconic buildings, like the Hotel Florence and the Pullman row houses, but some have fallen on hard times in an area with crime fears.

08/05/2014

Cullen Seaton (CBS)

Peace Corps Volunteer Returns To Chicago Amid Ebola Fears

Cullen Seaton, who arrived at O’Hare on Monday, did not want to leave the African village where he was teaching math and English to children. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

08/04/2014

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Despite Media Coverage, Chicago Violence Down Significantly From 20 Years Ago

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.

07/30/2014

Antonio Tolbert (photo provided)

Owner Of Gary Auto-Body Shop Gunned Down At Work

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.

07/28/2014

Simeon Career Academy (CBS)

Simeon Cuts Electricity-Training Program Amid Objections

The neighborhood around the school has high unemployment and high crime. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

07/21/2014

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New Research Shows Many Fail To Take Action After Learning Of Data Theft

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.

07/16/2014

A Mariano's sign. (CBS)

Mariano’s Announces Plans For New Store In South Chicago

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.

07/09/2014

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Credit: CBS)

Improved Treatments For Gunshot Victims Saving Lives

This past weekend was very busy one for Northwestern Hospital trauma surgeon Marie Crandall, but advances in medicine mean a much better outcome now.

07/08/2014

Jermaine Cullum (Credit: Facebook)

Parents Honored After 16-year-old Son Donates Organs

The parents of a 16 year old who died suddenly last month were honored Wednesday for giving others life.

06/25/2014

The data sensors will be mounted on light poles and can monitor cell phone data. (Credit: CBS)

City Sensors Collecting Cell Phone Data Spark Debate

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.

06/24/2014

Sheryl Hutchinson took this photo of a bear on her property in Rockford on Monday. (Sheryl Hutchinson)

More Black Bears Could Be Headed To Illinois, Even Chicago: Experts

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.

06/19/2014

A job fair sponsored by the Chicago Urban League. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Urban League Job Fair Draws Long Lines

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.

06/18/2014

President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)

Some Borrowers Could End Up Paying More In Interest Under Obama’s Student Loan Plan

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.

06/09/2014

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HomeMade Pizza Chain Closes

An analyst says the so-called “fast-casual” restaurant market is increasingly competitive today. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

06/02/2014

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