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.

Veteran Richard Rivera works as part of the YMCA's urban warrior program. (Credit: CBS)

Marine Veteran Uses Lessons From Military To Help Young People

One Chicago veteran is taking the lessons he learned in the military and serving young people in tough neighborhoods.

11/11/2014

United Airlines CEO Jess Smisek signs a pledge to help support veteran employees. (CBS)

United CEO Pledges Support To Employees Who Have Served In The Military

United Airlines calls the pledge a thank you to its veterans. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/10/2014

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

U Of C Campus On Alert After Armed Robberies

In the last week alone, there have been four armed robberies near the University of Chicago campus. People tell us they find the timing of the crimes especially alarming.

11/09/2014

Produce grows at an inner-city garden. (Mason Johnson)

Urban Farms Expanding In Chicago

Soon, yet another inner-city garden will offer healthy, fresh food. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/29/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Signals To Women Voters: I’m Not Scary-Conservative

With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor tried to distance himself from hot-button social issues, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/28/2014

Early voting sign (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Window For Early Voting Closes This Weekend

There are dozens of early voting polling places in the city and suburbs. Election officials are encouraged by what they’ve seen so far. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/27/2014

Oliver McCracken Middle School. (Credit: CBS)

Class Canceled For Second Day At Skokie School Over Instagram Posts

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports while we don’t know the nature of those Instagram posts, Skokie Police are taking then so seriously they’re asking federal agents to join the investigation.

10/22/2014

President Barack Obama greets voters before casting  his ballot while participating in early voting on Monday in Chicago. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Voter Teases Obama: ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the president had quite an encounter with a couple of voters this morning at his polling place at 43rd and Cottage Grove.

10/20/2014

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Talks Break Down Between Waukegan School District, Teachers

The Waukegan teachers strike drags on and is now approaching the two week mark.

10/15/2014

Governor Pat Quinn (Left) and Bruce Rauner (Right) (Credit: CBS)

After Debate, Reporters Take Another Crack At Gubernatorial Hopefuls

It’s a hallmark of political debates: the news conferences afterward. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports on what Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner had to say.

10/14/2014

Ebola virus. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

Hospitals, Emergency Responders Say They Are Prepared For Ebola

Precautions to protect us against spread of Ebola are now widespread. We saw evidence of that in Chicago, though no cases have been reported here.

10/07/2014

A patient isolation unit made by the Romeoville company Isovac. (Credit: CBS)

Romeoville Company Says Device Can Protect Health Care Workers Transporting Patients

A Chicago area company has joined the effort to stop the spread of Ebola. It has created a device that the company says would protect health care workers as they take patients to hospitals.

10/01/2014

Romeoville residents Robert and Marcella Jones say too many homes in their neighborhood are for sale or in foreclosure and many owners are just walking away from their mortgages. (Credit: CBS)

Murder Of Arkansas Realtor Alarms Local Agents, Say Safety Precautions Needed

The kidnapping and murder of Beverly Carter in Arkansas has alarmed residential real estate agents here in Chicago. There’s a lot of activity on social media and CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports they’re expressing sympathy and discussing how to stay safe.

09/30/2014

This is some of the wreckage vandals left behind at the New Lenox veterans memorial. (CBS/Jim Williams)

Veterans Memorial Vandalized In New Lenox

Residents of southwest suburban New Lenox cannot believe it. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

09/29/2014

Nicholette Lawrence (Credit: Waukegan Police)

Official Raising Money To Bury 11-Year-Old Waukegan Child Abuse Victim

An 11-year-old victim of child abuse dies and to make this story even sadder, there’s not enough money to bury the child.

09/23/2014

The assault occurred in an alley near 99th and South Indiana. (Credit: CBS)

Teen Charged In Roseland Sex Assault Was On Electronic Monitoring For Unrelated Crime

The suspect in the sexual assault of a pregnant college student was already on electronic monitoring for an unrelated crime.

09/15/2014

Back To School Supplies

City Tickets Dozens Of Stores For Back-To-School Sale Violations

You probably just finished your back-to-school shopping. Did you get overcharged or buy outdated merchandise? City inspectors did when they checked dozens of stores recently.

09/03/2014

Pierce Jones

JRW Player Gets Warm Welcome On Return To School

Among the students returning to school Tuesday was one very popular 13 year old: Jackie Robinson West slugger Pierce Jones. His parents and teachers hope life soon returns to normal for the little league champion, but CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, first there was a celebration.

09/02/2014

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

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