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.
Gov. Bruce Rauner is facing major criticism for calling many Chicago public schools “crumbling prisons.” The governor refuses to back down.
Johnson Publishing in Chicago had a long relationship with the boxing great, who passed away last week at age 74.
The budget crisis is taking a human toll.
A little girl, not yet two years old, walked away from a child care center, unnoticed by workers.
Two weeks ago, city officials knocked down a trouble property in the South Side neighborhood. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with locals about the impact.
Cesar Carrizales tells his story to CBS 2’s Jim Williams.
One man is taking an old fashioned approach to save the life of his grandson.
Students Learn More About Chicago Playwright Lorraine Hansberry At Goodman Theatre Through Staging Of Lesser Known Work
At the Goodman Theatre, they’re staging “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” part of a month-long celebration honoring the playwright and Chicago icon Lorraine Hansberry.
It’s city’s latest crime-fighting effort: demolition of abandoned buildings. If it sounds familiar, it’s because City Hall has been doing for decades.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a closer look at Friends of the Parks, its mission and its history.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams has a sanitized look at an ugly problem.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the growing numbers of bike riders is good for the environment, but that ALA report says Chicago still has a long way to go.
Fiscal watchdogs are giving poor marks to Mayor Emanuel’s billion dollar plan for the Lucas Museum.
It has been called a dump in the past, but no more. CBS 2’s Jim Williams got a tour of the Cubs’ brand new clubhouse.
CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a staggering number: 800,000 people commit suicide around the world each year, more than those who die in wars or by homicide. A group at the forefront of suicide prevention is […]
Chicagoans have heard her voice for years on the radio, but now she has a new story to tell in a book.
Square Donuts says Family Express is infringing its trademark. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Chicago Police officers cleared of any wrong-doing could be re-investigated, under a new third party program announced Wednesday, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked to Mayor Rahm Emanuel about it today.
So what do Republicans think of the GOP frontrunner? CBS 2’s Jim Williams studied CBS 2’s exit poll data.