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.
WE Day honors youth making a difference in their communities, including a boy who looks to follow in his dad’s entrepreneurial footsteps.
When Tarell Alvin McCraney was studying acting at DePaul, a professor saw he had another talent, too: writing. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Dr. Selwyn Rogers, the first director of the University of Chicago Medicine’s new trauma center, hopes to curb city’s soaring gun violence.
Jose Garcia wonders where he, his wife and young children will live next. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
They go to the hospitals and the streets to stop family members and friends from retaliating when a loved one is shot.
Some said the crosses honoring gun violence victims emphasized the negative image people already have of the South Side neighborhood.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schutlz pledged to hire 10,000 refugees, sparking a social media backlash. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
Would Chicago be as hobbled today if the same volume of snow came down in 2017? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
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.
A group of Chicago mothers paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by camping out on the most dangerous block in the city.
The suspect then grabbed an elderly man and held him at knifepoint “in an attempt to use him as a human shield,” police said.
For five years now, Karen Freeman-Wilson has been the mayor of Gary and seems to know everyone. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
With every toy and kind word, Tom and Lucy Sanchez are fulfilling their son’s dying wish. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
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.
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.
Will Chicago benefit? Mayor Emanuel hopes so. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.
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.
It will be a tall order to convince some Chicagoans new reforms will make a new difference.
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.
As voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, what was on their minds?