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.

Chicago Couple Recalls The Blizzard Of 1967 As ‘Scary,’ ‘Fun’

Would Chicago be as hobbled today if the same volume of snow came down in 2017? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/26/2017

Chicago Pastor Challenges Trump To Put Some ‘Meat To The Tweets’

Some Englewood residents are interested in the idea of federal intervention to curb Chicago violence — up to a point, anyway. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/25/2017

Chicago Moms Camp Out On Dangerous Block For MLK Tribute

A group of Chicago mothers paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by camping out on the most dangerous block in the city.

01/16/2017

North Riverside Police Shoot Suspected Bank Robber

The suspect then grabbed an elderly man and held him at knifepoint “in an attempt to use him as a human shield,” police said.

12/27/2016

Latest ‘Undercover Boss’: Gary, Ind.’s Mayor

For five years now, Karen Freeman-Wilson has been the mayor of Gary and seems to know everyone. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/21/2016

Parents Honor Memory Of Son By Handing Out Gifts To Hospitalized Children

With every toy and kind word, Tom and Lucy Sanchez are fulfilling their son’s dying wish. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/20/2016

Meet Chicago’s Mr. And Mrs. Klaus

For 16 years now, Jennifer Jones and Matt Beresh, wife and husband, have distributed thousands of gifts to needy families. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/19/2016

Custodian Strikes It Rich With $2 Million Lottery Win

He is a custodian and now a millionaire. Dave Martinez bought a winning scratch off lottery ticket at a North Suburban gas station last month.

12/07/2016

Cubs Co-Owner Is Trump Pick For Deputy Commerce Secretary

Will Chicago benefit? Mayor Emanuel hopes so. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/30/2016

Volunteer At Food Giveaway Remembers Lean Thanksgivings: ‘I See Me’

Patricia Smith helps give groceries away at the Paul Hall Community Center. She knows what it’s like to need food around the holidays. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/23/2016

Debate On Police Accountability Continues, One Year After Laquan McDonald Video

It will be a tall order to convince some Chicagoans new reforms will make a new difference.

11/21/2016

Mixed Feelings About Vice President-Elect Pence In Northwest Indiana

The man who will be one heartbeat away from the U.S. presidency is the outgoing governor of the Hoosier State. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/09/2016

Economy Top Issue For Illinois Voters; Many Not Enthused With Choices, Poll Finds

As voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, what was on their minds?

11/08/2016

3-Year-Old Boy Seriously Injured In Chicago Lawn Hit-And-Run

A 3-year-old boy was struck by a car and seriously injured Monday evening in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

11/01/2016

Cool Cubs Depart Wrigley On Halloween, Looking To Exorcise Ghosts

Skipper Joe Maddon strikes again, as he and some of his players have fun on the eve of Game 6 of the World Series, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2016

Parent Claims Teacher’s Aide Beat Her Special Needs Child

The mother of a 12-year-old special needs child says her son was beaten and slammed to the ground by a teacher’s aide as other children looked on.

10/30/2016

Pennant Clinch Takes Some Pressure Off Cubs Moving Into World Series, Expert Says

Clinching the pennant after 71 years was an enormous hurdle for this franchise and a likely confidence booster going into the World Series.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2016

Phil Chess, Co-Founder Of Chess Records, Dies At 95

Phil Chess, co-founder of Chicago’s Chess Records, a label said to have help invent rock ‘n’ roll, has died at 95.

10/19/2016

Fans Welcomed Chicago Cubs Home After NLCS Advancement

The Wrigley Field marquee and some diehard fans welcomed the Cubs home Wednesday morning.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2016

Fans ‘Went Through The Whole Range Of Cub Emotions’ During Monday’s Roller Coaster Game

On Tuesday, Cubs fans do it again, hoping past postseason failures aren’t repeated.

CBS Chicago–10/11/2016

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