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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Residents of southwest suburban New Lenox cannot believe it. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
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.
The suspect in the sexual assault of a pregnant college student was already on electronic monitoring for an unrelated crime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West little league team has one day to get ready for their next game in the world series.
Everywhere you go in South Williamsport, Pa. you see them: the yellow T-shirts for Jackie Robinson West or the Great Lakes region the team represents. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
It’s almost time to play ball as a team from Chicago is in the Little League World Series for the first time in decades.
She survived a terrible ordeal two years ago and came back to support a charity important to millions. Now, Jenn Gibbons is back with another endurance test for that important cause.
The Pullman neighborhood has many iconic buildings, like the Hotel Florence and the Pullman row houses, but some have fallen on hard times in an area with crime fears.
Cullen Seaton, who arrived at O’Hare on Monday, did not want to leave the African village where he was teaching math and English to children. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
True or false: Chicago is more dangerous today than ever before? Many would say “true” pointing to murders and shootings, countless news reports, plus posts on social media all describing the city’s violence.
Right after Antonio Tolbert’s family learned he had been murdered, they rushed to the body shop he owned in Gary. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
The neighborhood around the school has high unemployment and high crime. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.