Retired CBS 2 anchor, political reporter Derrick Blakley, late photojournalist Morris Jones honored with Silver Circle awards

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two CBS 2 legends received a special honor Friday night.

Former CBS 2 anchor and reporter Derrick Blakley was presented with the prestigious Silver Circle Award. Presenting was CBS 2’s Jim Williams, himself a 2018 inductee.

Blakley, a South Side native, spent 41 years in television news and is known for his deep knowledge of the city. He joined CBS 2 in 2003, working as a news anchor and reporter and later taking over as political reporter. Blakley retired from CBS 2 in 2019.

Prior to joining CBS 2, Blakley also spent 16 years with NBC 5, and seven years as a CBS News correspondent – based in Chicago; London; and Bonn, West Germany.

His award highlights his countless contributions to Chicago TV news over the decades.

Also honored was the late CBS 2 photojournalist Morris Jones.

Jones first joined CBS 2 in 1976. He traveled the world – covering such events as the presidential swearing-in of Nelson Mandela in South Africa along with CBS 2 reporter John Davis in 1994.

Jones received the Silver Circle Award for his four-decade career at CBS 2 before he passed away from cancer in 2016.

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