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.
In all, voters in 19 wards will go to the polls in April. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports in the 7th Ward on the South Side, the race will likely be affected by attitudes toward Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
CBS’s Jim Williams reports the collection is the result of a visionary who started her work in the early 20th century.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams visited a South Side family hurt by state budget cuts even before the governor took office.
Greyhound abruptly canceled some southbound bus service because of dangerous driving conditions. That means some passengers are stuck in Chicago, maybe until Tuesday, CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams takes a look why so many are feeling so many emotions that JRW lost its title.
Even in the digital music age, LPs are selling strong. CBS 2’s Jim Williams explains why.
Did the New England Patriots cheat in their conference championship game? There’s reportedly new evidence today that footballs were deliberately under-inflated.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports months ago governments they didn’t anticipate today’s plunging oil prices, so now they have extra money. But one analyst warns: don’t be so quick to spend it on other things.
A Chicago educator who marched for voting rights in Selma, Ala. 50 years ago reflects on the legacy of Martin Luther King. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
The terrorist attack in Paris galvanized the world and sparked overwhelming sympathy. But the reaction to a massacre in Nigeria at the same time has been much different, even though many more people died there.
What do vandalism on Chicago’s North Side and bullying at a public school here have in common? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both ended up on a list tracking Anti-Semitism in the Midwest.
For those of us who had to come to work, the key to staying warm can be a few shortcuts, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.
With temperatures plunging Monday, CBS 2’s Jim Williams spent the day with people who have no choice but to endure the cold.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports Bears enthusiasts were glad that team owners began to make sweeping changes by firing General Manager Phil Emery and Coach Marc Trestman.
One week ago, a 35-year-old man described as a devoted father and husband was shot to death as he left work.
Chicago Police are looking for the killer of a 35-year-old father of three who was gunned down early Wednesday morning at a CTA bus stop, right after he left work.
It is one of America’s classic theatres admired for its beauty and history. But soon, a big change is coming to the Rialto Theatre in Joliet. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports lots of people there are trying to stop it.
You might call this “The Miracle on Rush Street.” A man suffered what seemed to be a fatal heart attack at a popular restaurant, but a manager there never gave up trying to save his life. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the annual Operation Santa post office campaign again is being helped by an especially generous Chicago couple.
Falling gas prices are great news for motorists and maybe not so good for U.S. companies down the road.