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.

Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal in the documentary "Facing Fear." (Credit:  Jason Cohen Productions, LLC)

Hate Crime Victim To Screen Documentary About Befriending And Forgiving His Attacker

If you were the victim of a vicious beating prompted by bigotry, could you forgive the assailant? That is the subject of an Oscar-nominated film that will be screened in Chicago on Monday night.


Jarrett Adams receives his law degree. (CBS)

From Wrongfully Convicted To Law School Grad: ‘I Couldn’t Have Imagined This Day’

Saturday morning, Jarrett Adams received his law degree from Loyola after spending 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.


Jarrett Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Man Exonerated After Decade In Prison Set To Graduate From Loyola Law School

He went to prison as a teenager for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, 34-year-old Jarrett Adams is set to graduate from law school.


Gene Pierson was rolling with his camera phone when he confronted the men. (Credit: Gene Pierson)

Bucktown Package Theft Caught On Camera

It’s a bold theft and a viewer caught it all on camera. Video show a man taking package off of a porch and loading them into his luxury SUV.


The artwork is all done by prison inmates who spent time in solitary confinement. (Credit: CBS)

Art Exhibit Depicts Isolation Of Solitary Confinement

It is art you will not see in a museum. The artists are prison inmates who’ve spent time in solitary confinement.


Kristal Tomko and her six-month-old Ronan. (Credit: CBS)

Breastfeeding Mom ‘Stunned’ After Being Asked to Cover Up in Suburban Restaurant

Illinois law is on her side and in this Original Report, CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us dozens of other nursing moms came to her aid with threats of a protest outside the restaurant in Wilmington.


Mayor Emanuel tells some of the kids to stop pulling up the grass in Grant Park. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago School Kids Get In On NFL Draft Fun

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports with workers adding finishing touches to the sprawling Draft Town, children from Chicago schools got some football tips from top prospects whose names will be called tomorrow night.


Maryland state troopers stand guard near a CVS pharmacy that was destroyed yesterday during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Could Unrest In Baltimore Happen Here In Chicago?

Could what we’re seeing in Baltimore happen in Chicago? CBS 2’s Jim Williams talked to two different groups of young African American men.


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Chicago Businesses Gear Up For NFL Draft

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports this is going to be a post card for the city with all the media coverage from here and will have a ripple effect for Chicago businesses.


Construction in the Loop. (Credit: CBS)

Construction Causing Headaches For Loop Drivers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams explain why so much work is being done right now.


Tyler Allen was reported missing last week  in Colorado. (Family photo)

University Of Colorado Student From Western Springs Missing

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports Berry “Tyler” Allen’s parents, who live in Western Springs, dropped everything here and headed to Boulder, where Tyler attends the University of Colorado. His roommate reported him missing last week.


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Mayor Emanuel Meets With Spike Lee, Voices Displeasure With Film Title “Chiraq”

It was in the mayor’s City Hall office Wednesday morning that he met with Spike Lee and delivered a blunt message.


Roosevelt Anderson learns to walk using a robotic exoskeleton. (Credit: CBS)

Paralyzed By Motorcycle Accident, Chicago Veteran Can Now Walk Again With Help Of Robotic Device

Roosevelt Anderson is walking again three years after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.



Knight Foundation Awards Gary, Ind. With Grant For Art And Culinary Center

Gary, Indiana is getting a new development thanks to an award from a prominent foundation, reports CBS 2’s Jim Williams.


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Tragedy Mars Bulls Star’s Anti-Violence Crusade

Hours after Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah met with the manager of a rapper to enlist his support in an anti-violence campaign, the manager himself became a victim. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

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The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. (Credit: CBS)

Oklahoma Frat Punishment Raises Constitutional Questions

The University of Oklahoma is taking more action against students in a racist video that’s gone viral, but CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, the punishment raises constitutional questions.


New 7th Ward Ald. Natashia Holmes. (CBS)

Attitudes Toward Emanuel Could Play Role In 7th Ward Aldermanic Runoff

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.


A manuscript by famed author Richard Wright, part of the Vivian Harsh collection at the Woodson Library. (Credit: CBS)

South Side Library Features Treasure Trove Of African American History

CBS’s Jim Williams reports the collection is the result of a visionary who started her work in the early 20th century.


Day care operator Mildred Hughes says she lost state funding weeks ago. (Credit: CBS)

State Funding Cuts Add To Struggles Of South Side Day Care Operator

CBS 2’s Jim Williams visited a South Side family hurt by state budget cuts even before the governor took office.


Greyhound passenger Kim Pittman. (CBS)

Greyhound Passenger Stranded In Chicago: ‘I’m About To Lose It’

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.