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.

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03/01/2017

Chicago Saw First Glimmer Of Oscar-Winning ‘Moonlight’

When Tarell Alvin McCraney was studying acting at DePaul, a professor saw he had another talent, too: writing. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

02/27/2017

U. of C. Medicine Trauma Center Head Aims To Tackle Chicago Violence

Dr. Selwyn Rogers, the first director of the University of Chicago Medicine’s new trauma center, hopes to curb city’s soaring gun violence.

02/14/2017

Minority Families Claim They’re Being Evicted To Make Room For Non-Latinos

Jose Garcia wonders where he, his wife and young children will live next. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

02/13/2017

The Women Of CeaseFire: Trying To Bring Calm In A City Of Violence

They go to the hospitals and the streets to stop family members and friends from retaliating when a loved one is shot.

02/06/2017

Mothers Group Threatened To Take Down Englewood Crosses Memorial

Some said the crosses honoring gun violence victims emphasized the negative image people already have of the South Side neighborhood.

01/31/2017

Starbucks CEO’s Stance On Trump Travel Ban Stirs Up Bitter Brew

Starbucks CEO Howard Schutlz pledged to hire 10,000 refugees, sparking a social media backlash. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/30/2017

Chicago Couple Recalls The Blizzard Of 1967 As ‘Scary,’ ‘Fun’

Would Chicago be as hobbled today if the same volume of snow came down in 2017? CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

01/26/2017

Chicago Pastor Challenges Trump To Put Some ‘Meat To The Tweets’

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.

01/25/2017

Chicago Moms Camp Out On Dangerous Block For MLK Tribute

A group of Chicago mothers paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by camping out on the most dangerous block in the city.

01/16/2017

North Riverside Police Shoot Suspected Bank Robber

The suspect then grabbed an elderly man and held him at knifepoint “in an attempt to use him as a human shield,” police said.

12/27/2016

Latest ‘Undercover Boss’: Gary, Ind.’s Mayor

For five years now, Karen Freeman-Wilson has been the mayor of Gary and seems to know everyone. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/21/2016

Parents Honor Memory Of Son By Handing Out Gifts To Hospitalized Children

With every toy and kind word, Tom and Lucy Sanchez are fulfilling their son’s dying wish. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

12/20/2016

Meet Chicago’s Mr. And Mrs. Klaus

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.

12/19/2016

Custodian Strikes It Rich With $2 Million Lottery Win

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.

12/07/2016

Cubs Co-Owner Is Trump Pick For Deputy Commerce Secretary

Will Chicago benefit? Mayor Emanuel hopes so. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

11/30/2016

Volunteer At Food Giveaway Remembers Lean Thanksgivings: ‘I See Me’

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.

11/23/2016

Debate On Police Accountability Continues, One Year After Laquan McDonald Video

It will be a tall order to convince some Chicagoans new reforms will make a new difference.

11/21/2016

Mixed Feelings About Vice President-Elect Pence In Northwest Indiana

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.

11/09/2016

Economy Top Issue For Illinois Voters; Many Not Enthused With Choices, Poll Finds

As voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, what was on their minds?

11/08/2016

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