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.

Hawks gear

Blackhawks Fans Geared Up For Game 4 Of Stanley Cup Final

CBS 2’s Jim Williams found some fans buying Blackhawks gear they didn’t even need.

CBS Chicago–06/10/2015

Michelle Obama speaking at the graduation for King College Prep. (Credit: CBS)

First Lady Michelle Obama Pays Tribute To King College Prep Grads, Hadiya Pendleton

In the section reserved for the graduates, flowers were placed on a single chair reserved for the girl who wasn’t here: Hadiya Pendleton, an innocent teenager shot to death in early 2013.

06/09/2015

Orange Students

Chicago Students Wear Orange To Honor Hadiya Pendleton, Gun Violence Victims

Orange is the color of hope today across Chicago. People are wearing the bright hue in honor of national gun violence awareness day and at the center of it all, young Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teen murdered in a South Side park.

06/02/2015

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dennis Hastert

In Wake Of Hastert Case, SNAP Urges Creation Of Hot Line For Abuse Victims

This afternoon, advocates for children who’ve been sexually abused call the Hastert case a “watershed moment.”

06/01/2015

The Charlie Charlie Challenge. (Credit: CBS)

Mother Says Kids Playing “Charlie Charlie Challenge” At Roseland School

In this Original Report, one South Side mother told CBS 2’s Jim Williams children had no business playing it at her daughter’s grade school.

05/27/2015

Nick Sherbula and Jim Vitti, two World War II veterans, have remained close for more than 70 years. (CBS)

For Two World War II Vets, Friendship Endures More Than 70 Years

Native Chicagoans Nick Sherbula and Jim Vitti were strangers before World War II and the U.S. Army brought them together. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/25/2015

Hayden Smeaton says he was "very tired" after staying up to watch the Blackhawks. (Credit: CBS)

Triple Overtime Playoff Game Leaves Chicagoans With Hawks Hangover

This was the question in Chicago today: Were you awake to see the Blackhawks win?

05/20/2015

Curb-protected bike lanes in Douglas Park. (Credit: Jim Williams)

City Introduces New Curb-Protected Bike Lanes

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the curb-protected bike lane is a half-foot high, two feet wide, offering protection for bicyclists. But not everyone thinks it is a good idea.

05/19/2015

The Chicago Theatre marquee reflects the inauguration activities there Monday. (CBS)

The Latest Chicago City Council: Some Newbies, Many Incumbents

Here’s the breakdown: 37 incumbents and 13 newcomers; 38 men and 12 women. They range in age from 26 up to 71. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/18/2015

Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal in the documentary "Facing Fear." (Credit:  Jason Cohen Productions, LLC)

Hate Crime Victim To Screen Documentary About Befriending And Forgiving His Attacker

If you were the victim of a vicious beating prompted by bigotry, could you forgive the assailant? That is the subject of an Oscar-nominated film that will be screened in Chicago on Monday night.

05/18/2015

Jarrett Adams receives his law degree. (CBS)

From Wrongfully Convicted To Law School Grad: ‘I Couldn’t Have Imagined This Day’

Saturday morning, Jarrett Adams received his law degree from Loyola after spending 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

05/16/2015

Jarrett Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Man Exonerated After Decade In Prison Set To Graduate From Loyola Law School

He went to prison as a teenager for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, 34-year-old Jarrett Adams is set to graduate from law school.

05/13/2015

Gene Pierson was rolling with his camera phone when he confronted the men. (Credit: Gene Pierson)

Bucktown Package Theft Caught On Camera

It’s a bold theft and a viewer caught it all on camera. Video show a man taking package off of a porch and loading them into his luxury SUV.

05/09/2015

The artwork is all done by prison inmates who spent time in solitary confinement. (Credit: CBS)

Art Exhibit Depicts Isolation Of Solitary Confinement

It is art you will not see in a museum. The artists are prison inmates who’ve spent time in solitary confinement.

05/06/2015

Kristal Tomko and her six-month-old Ronan. (Credit: CBS)

Breastfeeding Mom ‘Stunned’ After Being Asked to Cover Up in Suburban Restaurant

Illinois law is on her side and in this Original Report, CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us dozens of other nursing moms came to her aid with threats of a protest outside the restaurant in Wilmington.

05/05/2015

Mayor Emanuel tells some of the kids to stop pulling up the grass in Grant Park. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago School Kids Get In On NFL Draft Fun

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports with workers adding finishing touches to the sprawling Draft Town, children from Chicago schools got some football tips from top prospects whose names will be called tomorrow night.

04/29/2015

Maryland state troopers stand guard near a CVS pharmacy that was destroyed yesterday during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Could Unrest In Baltimore Happen Here In Chicago?

Could what we’re seeing in Baltimore happen in Chicago? CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked to two different groups of young African American men.

04/28/2015

(Credit: NFL)

Chicago Businesses Gear Up For NFL Draft

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports this is going to be a post card for the city with all the media coverage from here and will have a ripple effect for Chicago businesses.

04/27/2015

Construction in the Loop. (Credit: CBS)

Construction Causing Headaches For Loop Drivers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams explain why so much work is being done right now.

04/22/2015

Tyler Allen was reported missing last week  in Colorado. (Family photo)

University Of Colorado Student From Western Springs Missing

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports Berry “Tyler” Allen’s parents, who live in Western Springs, dropped everything here and headed to Boulder, where Tyler attends the University of Colorado. His roommate reported him missing last week.

04/21/2015

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