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.

Michael Sam. (Getty Images)

Local Football Coach Predicts Wide Acceptance Of Openly Gay NFL Prospect

University of Missouri defensive end/linebacker Michael Sam came out over the weekend. If he is drafted, as expected, he would be the first openly gay NFL player.

02/10/2014

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Alderman Says Progress Has Been Made Since Hadiya Pendleton’s Death

King College Prep held a memorial service this afternoon. Students placed purple tape on their lockers. Purple was Hadiya’s favorite color. A portrait of the honor student hangs in the school main office. CBS 2’s Jim Williams tells us what’s changed in the community where Hadiya lost her life.

01/29/2014

Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

One Year Later, Hadiya Pendleton’s Parents Reflect On Teen’s Death

A year ago Wednesday, the murder of one teenage girl stunned the city and inspired renewed efforts to stop gun violence.

01/28/2014

A lit furnace. (CBS)

Natural Gas Usage, Bills Spike During Cold Snap

Many of us are paying the price for trying to stay warm in this prolonged cold spell. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/27/2014

Kelly Fair (left) and Dwayne Bryant (right).

Chicago Leaders Mentoring Young African-Americans

CBS 2’s Jim Williams introduces to a couple of Chicagoans who are offering effective and selfless leadership in their own way.

01/20/2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, right, talks with CBS 2's Jim Williams. (CBS)

Quinn Anticipates Campaign Jabs In 2014

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, gearing up for what could be a tough general election next year, says he ends 2013 with at least two major accomplishments: state pension reform and same-sex marriage. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/30/2013

Members of Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago opened their doors to celebrate Christmas with the less fortunate. (CBS)

South Side Church Provides Merry Christmas To Less Fortunate

Apostolic Faith Church provided food, coats and toys. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/25/2013

Letters to Santa Couple

‘Letters to Santa’ Couple Reaches More Families This Year

The effort to deliver holiday cheer and gifts was made even better with the help of CBS 2 Viewers. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/23/2013

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Fewer Glitches Reported For Healthcare Website

The Obama administration says the healthcare website is working much better now, even though there are still some challenges.

12/02/2013

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Chicago Man Blew Whistle On Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2 billion to settle some serious criminal and civil charges with the federal government. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/04/2013

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City Backing Away From Proposal To Rename Stony Island

The City quietly puts the brakes on a plan to rename a major south side street for a beloved pastor and community leader.

10/16/2013

Deepak Uppal. (Credit: CBS)

Workers Changing Jobs At Faster Rate

It used to be people hung on to their jobs as long as possible, spending decades with the same company. Today, more workers are leaving jobs rapidly. Believe it or not, it’s a sign the economy is getting better.

10/02/2013

An explosion as part of filming for Transformers. (Credit: CBS)

Transformers Fans Flock To Film Shooting Of Big Explosion

An explosion capped off a summer of shooting for the latest movie in the Transformers film franchise. The explosion at 29th street along the river made for a rather exciting afternoon.

10/02/2013

Workers assess the damage to the Blue Line cars. (Credit: Richard Wyatt/WBBM Newsradio)

CTA Train Accident Leaves Passengers Shaken Up

The collision injured 33 people and they were rushed to eight hospitals, including Rush Oak Park.

09/30/2013

A memorial is set up for the mother and son who died in an arson fire over the weekend. (CBS)

Roseland Mourns Mom, Son Killed In Suspicious Fire

(CBS) — Everyone who knew Millicent Brown-Johnson  and her 8-year-old son Jovan Perkins said the same thing Monday. “They loved each other. They were very loving people, very loving,” teacher Emma Brooks tells CBS 2’s [...]

09/23/2013

Ava Youngblood. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Woman Living King’s ‘Dream’

You’ve undoubtedly heard excerpts from Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, but what does it mean to truly live the dream?

08/28/2013

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Expert Offers Tips For Parents Of Kids Going To A New School

For thousands of parents and children, going to new schools can be stressful. CBS’s 2 Jim Williams talked to an expert who offers advice on how to get through these next few weeks.

08/26/2013

Thousands waited in line to get an application for a few hundred subsidized apartments. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Wait In Line For Subsidized Housing Applications

We’ve seen signs the economy is improving, but in the Edgewater neighborhood today, we saw how many Chicagoans are struggling. CBS’s 2 Jim Williams has the story in this original report.

08/14/2013

Former Marine Sergeant Luis Garcia being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal at Great Lakes Naval Station. (Credit: CBS)

Local Marine Awarded Medal For Bravery In Afghanistan

It is a high military honor for bravery, once awarded to John F. Kennedy years before he was elected president.

08/13/2013

Alex Rodriguez.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

All Eyes On A-Rod As Media Swarm Chicago

It’s been awhile since there’s been this much attention at a White Sox game.

08/05/2013

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