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.

Security Increased For Allstate Arena Concert

Emily Davis and Marcus Munoz drove in from Kansas City to see The Weeknd, despite the attack that occurred overseas. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/23/2017

Positively Chicago: Kids Helping Kids

Eva and Isiah Jakobe have learned an important life lesson — at only 9 and 6 years old, respectively. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/18/2017

FBI Remembers Agents Killed In 1934 Shootout With Gangsters

The “Battle of Barrington” was the final gun battle for fugitive Baby Face Nelson, and it cost two agents their lives. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/17/2017

Positively Chicago: Bus Driver By Day, Blues Guitarist By Night

Toronzo Cannon finds inspiration for his art by driving the streets of our city. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/11/2017

Richard Irvin Becomes First African-American Mayor Of Aurora

The 47-year-old becomes the first African American mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city.

05/09/2017

Positively Chicago: Free Science Program Paying Off For Chicago Twins

They might make parents envious: With no cajoling from their mom and dad, Kayla and Alexis Cain delay fun and do their homework. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/04/2017

U Of C Study Gives Props To ‘Becoming A Man’ Mentor Program

Through BAM, young Chicago men can find structure and discipline. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

04/26/2017

Loved Ones Offended As Cemetery Cracks Down On Grave Site Memorials

Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Justice says the rules are in place for safety reasons.

04/24/2017

Cubs Players Are Making Appearances Throughout The City

Kyle Schwarber and a mannequin, Kris Bryant and a pop-up batting practice, Javier Baez and an honorary street sign — the Cubs are everywhere!

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Daughter Creates Foundation To Honor Dad Killed In Gun Violence

The Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation gave a scholarship to a South Shore Prep Academy student on Tuesday.

04/04/2017

Girl, 15, Dies After Person Fires Into Vehicle In Michigan City, Indiana

Kamilion Jenkins, two adults and a baby were in car at Grace and Holliday when someone in another vehicle opened fire. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

03/29/2017

Family Demands Investigation Into Immigration Agent’s Shooting Of Chicago Man

Federal authorities say an agent shot the 53-year-old man because he pointed a weapon as they tried to arrest another man.

03/28/2017

ICE Raid, Shooting Draw Questions From Chicago Alderman, Attorney

An ICE agent shot Felix Torres in the arm. Torres’ attorney, Thomas Hallock, says the man’s family insists he was unarmed and did nothing wrong.

03/27/2017

What Happens To All Those Video Voyeurs?

Chicago police reached out to Facebook to find those suspected of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Lawndale girl and broadcasting it live. But those who shared the video could also face charges.

03/22/2017

Chicago Funerals Face Threats Of Gang Violence

In some Chicago neighborhoods, violence, often gang retaliations, plague sacred moments such as mourning a loved one.

03/21/2017

U.S. Case Against Russian-Backed Hackers A Wake-Up Call To Consumers: Expert

It was a nefarious partnership: two spies with Russia’s Federal Security Service joining two criminal hackers, who broke into the half-billion Yahoo accounts.

03/15/2017

Snowstorm Causes Delayed, Cancelled Flights At O’Hare, Midway

The latest round of snow is causing travel problems at both Chicago-area airports, with cancellations and delays at O’Hare and Midway.

03/14/2017

How Did Prosecutors Miss Deadline In Murder Case, Allowing Defendant To Walk?

Kamari Belmont walked out of Cook County Jail because he didn’t get a speedy trial, as state law mandates. He was killed shortly after. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

03/08/2017

Chicagoans Fight Back To Defend The City’s Image

Chicago’s image is taking a beating around the world. Several Chicagoans offer a vigorous defense of the city and all the good it holds.

03/07/2017

Mayor Emanuel On Chance The Rapper’s Criticism Of Gov. Rauner

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he had nothing to do with Chance the Rapper’s criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner.

03/07/2017

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