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.

Young African Americans Eagerly Anticipate ‘Black Panther’

The Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther,” featuring a mostly African-American cast, opens this weekend.


Lost Cat Reunited With Owner After 10 Years

Somehow, Oliver made it from the northwest suburbs to Chicago’s River North district over a decade’s time. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Chicago Cop Is Santa With A Badge

From February until November, Officer Howard Ray sets aside $300 from each paycheck to buy toys — lots of toys – for children in the Austin neighborhood. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Scrap Metal Thieves Target Chain Link Fencing

Thefts of the material have been happening in the South Chicago neighborhood. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Mayor Harold Washington

Harold Washington’s Legacy, 30 Years After His Death

CBS 2’s Jim Williams looks back at Washington’s life and career and asks: Do young people know much about Chicago’s first black mayor?


River East: City Hall Concerned About Use Of Metal Panels On Building

City Hall is sending engineers to examine River East’s flammable panels. CBS 2’s Jim Williams gets reaction from elected officials.


Mystery Solved? Expert Thinks He Knows What’s Causing Avondale Odor

A toxic-smelling odor has been seeping in for the past several days, forcing the Suh family to open windows as the weather has gotten colder.


Too Soon? Christmas Decorations, Music Already Here

There’s no dispute over the beauty at the Macy’s holiday window displays. But it’s the timing that troubles some on State Street.


Feds Interview Chicago Banker As Part Of Russia Probe

Steve Calk’s bank reportedly provided as much as $16 million in loans to Paul Manafort, the indicted ex-chairman of the Trump presidential campaign.


Positively Chicago: Men of Color Connected for Higher Achievement

At nearly seven-feet tall former basketball star Lemone Lampley is now a giant in the community.


Chicago’s ‘Mom Of The Island’ Survives Hurricane Irma

A woman from Chicago survived in her adopted home of the Virgin Islands, but her family was left in the dark for several tense hours. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


DACA Dreamer Hopeful Laws Will Change

Angelica Magana was too young to make the decision on her own — to leave Mexico for the United States all those years ago.


Chicago Police Officers Go On Shopping Spree For Kids Whose Mom Left Abusive Relationship

On Friday, a mother walked into the Harrison District police station, seeking help for her four children.


Positively Chicago: The Faith Farmers

There’s plenty of heart among the tomatoes, beans, okra and greens at this farm, in a rather unlikely place: KAM Isaiah Israel synagogue in Kenwood.


County Layoffs Not A Scare Tactic: Preckwinkle

Cook County government was counting — literally — on a sweetened-beverage tax to balance its budget. The tax is in legal limbo. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Sugary Beverage Tax Pops This Weekend

At least for Cook County consumers of sweetened drinks. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with a local businessperson about the extra work to collect the cash.


On Eve Of Special Session, Pressure Mounts For Bipartisan State Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner offered to work with lawmakers to finally approve a full state budget.


Hero Found: Kidney Transplant Set After Grandfather’s Old-School Plea

Matt Hays’ devoted grandfather, Charlie, drew attention last year when he advertised for a kidney donor on his pickup truck. CBS 2’s Jim Williams has this follow up.


Positively Chicago: Making Better Dads

The Dovetail Project’s goal is to give young African American fathers the guidance they need to take care of their children. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.


Jazz Musicians Rally Behind Saxophonist Diane Ellis A Year After Stroke

Diane Ellis has guided the talents of many young musicians. Now they’re showing their gratitude.



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