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.
The well-known community activist is recognized with a day in his honor. CBS 2’s Jim Williams sat down with him.
A new athletic facility will be built for a South Loop high school, but officials are avoiding the kind of controversy that surrounded a soccer field in Lincoln Park. CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains in this original report.
Researchers released the results of one of the biggest studies of its kind on Monday at UIC. The study examined the health of Hispanics in America, including in Chicago.
For first time in the murder plot trial of former Chicago Police officer Steve Mandell, we heard from the man prosecutors say Mandell planned to kill.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports one person after another, even a woman with a baby, crossed the street without realizing the potential danger as big chucks of ice and snow were falling from the top of the CTA station on to the crosswalk at Van Buren and Federal.
University of Missouri defensive end/linebacker Michael Sam came out over the weekend. If he is drafted, as expected, he would be the first openly gay NFL player.
King College Prep held a memorial service this afternoon. Students placed purple tape on their lockers. Purple was Hadiya’s favorite color. A portrait of the honor student hangs in the school main office. CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us what’s changed in the community where Hadiya lost her life.
A year ago Wednesday, the murder of one teenage girl stunned the city and inspired renewed efforts to stop gun violence.
Many of us are paying the price for trying to stay warm in this prolonged cold spell. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams introduces to a couple of Chicagoans who are offering effective and selfless leadership in their own way.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, gearing up for what could be a tough general election next year, says he ends 2013 with at least two major accomplishments: state pension reform and same-sex marriage. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Apostolic Faith Church provided food, coats and toys. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
The effort to deliver holiday cheer and gifts was made even better with the help of CBS 2 Viewers. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
The Obama administration says the healthcare website is working much better now, even though there are still some challenges.
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2 billion to settle some serious criminal and civil charges with the federal government. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
The City quietly puts the brakes on a plan to rename a major south side street for a beloved pastor and community leader.
It used to be people hung on to their jobs as long as possible, spending decades with the same company. Today, more workers are leaving jobs rapidly. Believe it or not, it’s a sign the economy is getting better.
An explosion capped off a summer of shooting for the latest movie in the Transformers film franchise. The explosion at 29th street along the river made for a rather exciting afternoon.
The collision injured 33 people and they were rushed to eight hospitals, including Rush Oak Park.
(CBS) — Everyone who knew Millicent Brown-Johnson and her 8-year-old son Jovan Perkins said the same thing Monday. “They loved each other. They were very loving people, very loving,” teacher Emma Brooks tells CBS 2’s [...]