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.

Man, 71, Shot While Watering Lawn

A man who was watering his lawn was shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in the Marquette Park neighborhood.

09/06/2016

Bronzeville Dream Center, Funded By Founders, In Danger Of Closing

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.”

08/31/2016

Joliet Woman Tangles With Rabid Bat In Her Kitchen

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.

08/22/2016

Leo High School Alum Returns As New Principal

A Leo High School graduate returned to his south side alma mater, not for a nostalgic visit, but to take a big job.

08/17/2016

Fans Flock To New Skokie Restaurant Jollibee For Food, Community

New Filipino restaurant Jollibee, located in Skokie, has become a fast food sensation.

08/15/2016

Technology Helps A Blind Cubs Fan ‘See’ The Action

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 […]

07/27/2016

Women Join Forces To Build Homes, And Rebuild Lives, In West Pullman

A year ago Angela Spencer and her daughter and dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers began their work. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

07/15/2016

Illinois GOP Leaders Plan To Skip GOP Convention

Some top Illinois Republicans plan to boycott their national convention this month.

07/05/2016

Teen Beating Victim Organizes Anti-Violence Rally

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.

06/29/2016

Social Media Video Shows Chicago Cop Punching Arrestee On The Ground

It’s the latest confrontation caught on video and posted on social media. Police say they are investigating.

06/20/2016

Like Flag Day Itself, WGN Flag Company Celebrates Centennial

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.

06/14/2016

Rauner Won’t Back Off Harsh Criticism Of Chicago Schools

Gov. Bruce Rauner is facing major criticism for calling many Chicago public schools “crumbling prisons.” The governor refuses to back down.

06/07/2016

Ebony-Jet And Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Of Recollections

Johnson Publishing in Chicago had a long relationship with the boxing great, who passed away last week at age 74.

06/06/2016

The Human Toll Of The Illinois State Budget Stalemate

The budget crisis is taking a human toll.

06/01/2016

Little Girl Wanders Out Of Child Care Center, Unnoticed

A little girl, not yet two years old, walked away from a child care center, unnoticed by workers.

05/31/2016

Another Englewood Eyesore Razed — Now, What?

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.

05/25/2016

Suit: Cop Threatened To Taser Man As He Held His Baby

Cesar Carrizales tells his story to CBS 2’s Jim Williams.

05/23/2016

On His Truck, A Grandfather’s Plea To Save His Grandson

One man is taking an old fashioned approach to save the life of his grandson.

05/17/2016

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.

05/11/2016

Englewood Residents Skeptical Of City’s Claim That Demolitions Will Lower Crime

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.

05/10/2016

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