CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a sad time for the CBS 2 family, but an exciting time for political reporter Derrick Blakley.

Thursday was Blakley’s final day at the station and CBS 2 went through the archives to find images of his first week at WBBM-TV, 16 years ago.

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“I’ve been really fortunate to receive the support here and the reception I’ve had, most importantly, from the viewers of Chicago, who have been absolutely wonderful to me for a very, very long time,” Blakely said. “I hope I have kept their trust and I am grateful to have enjoyed their support.”

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CBS 2 congratulates Derrick Blakley and wishes nothing but the best for him as he begins his next chapter.