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.
“What were they being trained to do — to shoot 16 times? I could do that,” one angry man tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams.
Police and fire departments in every community today have to prepare for the worst: mass shootings, terrorism. In Northbrook, we saw a new strategy for officers and paramedics. CBS 2’s Jim Williams was there
David Ernesto Munar, CEO of Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, says today with the right treatment HIV patients can live long lives.
Even on a campus of nearly 30,000 students, Jauwan Hall stands out.
From the time we’re young, we’re told to pay attention when we cross the street. Now a wordy display on a stretch of Roosevelt threatens to distract us all.
The black community’s response to the tragedy and the murders of other children is being hotly debated today, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.
One day after celebrating his 90th birthday, former Congressman Gus Savage died.
The Halloween parade on Columbus Drive featured 4,000 people marching from Balbo to Monroe, following a Halloween Festival in the afternoon.
One of the key Mets players breaking Cubs fans’ hearts so far is a Chicagoan — outfielder Curtis Granderson.
Possibly as many as seven people were injured, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
It could have been a recipe for disaster Tuesday after the Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, with a massive crowd mixed with alcohol, but instead things went smoothly and there wasn’t a single arrest.
After 63 years, Evergreen Plaza is meeting the wrecking ball.
The notion that baseball leaves a city divided couldn’t be further from reality on the city’s South Side.
Victims are finding it harder than ever to get help now in Illinois, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the neighborhood is under siege by random gunfire that’s killing innocent lives.
CHICAGO (CBS) — In the last 24 hours, a dozen shot, five dead in Chicago. That follows 50 others shot in each of the past two weekends. CBS 2’s Jim Williams looks into the cause […]
(CBS) — Arsonists are on the loose in southwest suburban Frankfort. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports. Over the weekend, three separate fires were started within minutes of each other at a condominium development. Marc Molitor […]
In Englewood, community leaders are on alert after learning of a gang threat on social media. Police have an ally, mothers who patrol the streets with a smile.
It’s day one of a campaign to register millions of new voters in the nation’s fastest growing demographic group.
Desmond Clark says he wants to set the record straight about the misdemeanor charges he faces in a northern suburb. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.