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.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the solemn ceremony included music and stories from the descendants of those who were on the Eastland when it tipped over and capsized in the Chicago River a century ago.
The sheriff at that Texas jail now says Sandra Bland told authorities as she was being booked into jail that she had previously tried to kill herself.
How low could it go? CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains why pump prices have plummeted.
Animal control officers descend on a home in Maywood and police removed what they say was a well-organized dog fighting ring.
It’s an enormous project led by Habitat for Humanity Chicago. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked with a family who will live in one of the houses.
The governor issued a challenge to Democrats: support reforms or raise taxes.
Now the would-be thief is in custody, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both the governor and house speaker are trying to be reassuring, but they remain far apart.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there’s one sector apparently booming again: manufacturing.
Now with three Stanley Cup champions in recent memory, a certain word is being thrown around: dynasty.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams found some fans buying Blackhawks gear they didn’t even need.
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.
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.
This afternoon, advocates for children who’ve been sexually abused call the Hastert case a “watershed moment.”
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.
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.
This was the question in Chicago today: Were you awake to see the Blackhawks win?
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.
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.
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.