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 100 kids could lose a safe haven, where founders Beyonca Johnson and Holly Medley have a motto: “Everything is possible.”
At first, Sandra Jimenez thought it was a bird. It was no bird. CBS 2’s Jim Williams talks with experts about the dangers of rabid bats.
A Leo High School graduate returned to his south side alma mater, not for a nostalgic visit, but to take a big job.
New Filipino restaurant Jollibee, located in Skokie, has become a fast food sensation.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago Cubs fan hasn’t seen the sights of Wrigley Field since a terrible accident left him blind. In this original report, Jim Williams tells us how new technology helps him see […]
A year ago Angela Spencer and her daughter and dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers began their work. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Some top Illinois Republicans plan to boycott their national convention this month.
A mob on the West Side beat a teenager so severely, he needed facial surgery; but the boy isn’t seeking revenge, he’s taking action to bring peace to his community.
It’s the latest confrontation caught on video and posted on social media. Police say they are investigating.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th, Flag Day, 100 years ago. As CBS 2 Jim Williams reports, another centennial celebration is underway at a flag company on Chicago’s South Side.
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.