Derrick Blakley

derrick blakley Derrick BlakleyDerrick Blakley is the political reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

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Since June 2003, Derrick has served as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, returning to the station after 15 years at NBC 5 Chicago.

Previously, he had worked for CBS News for seven years, based in Chicago, London and Bonn, Germany.

Blakley, a five-time Emmy Award winner, started at WMAQ-TV as a general assignment reporter. He later anchored the weekend morning newscasts and, finally, the weekend evening news.

Blakley got his start in television news as a reporter at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.

He began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Chicago Tribune.

Blakley, a Chicago native, graduated from Hales Franciscan High School, and now serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois.

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The agency in charge of investigating police shootings released more raw video of the fatal shooting of  Harith Augustus on July 14 in the city’s South Shore neighborhood.


Ricketts Family Tries To Oust Alderman Tom Tunney

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Fact-Checking Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold’s Political TV Ad

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Hundreds of Chicagoans are cashing in on federal farm subsidy programs originally created to rescue farmers from the Great Depression.


Political Candidate Says There’s A Double Standard On Spending Money

“I’m tired of white people telling me how to spend my own money to help poor people and the needy.”


Lake County Board Chairman Admits To Drug Abuse After Misusing Taxpayer Funds

The Chairman of the Lake County Board is suspected of spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on personal expenses during the past year.


Chicago’s High Unsolved Murder Rate Worsened By Uncooperative Communities

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$10 Million Plan To Extend Chicago Riverwalk Eastward

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New Recycling Plant Not Welcomed By Some Residents

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Chicago Lead Levels Leave Homeowners Worried

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Police Union To Fight Draft Of CPD Consent Decree

“We will continue to fight the consent decree to protect our officers and to protect the public.”


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The consent decree is a court agreement that will govern reforms in the Chicago Police Department, including everything from use of force and training, to officer accountability.


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Illinois Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson Defends Big Cash Giveaway

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Emanuel: China Talks A Success

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Pritzker Accuses Rauner Of Profiting From Separating Families

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