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Derrick Blakley

Contributing Editor

Derrick Blakley spent 41 years as a television news reporter and anchor, including 32 years covering the people of Chicago and their stories. He’s currently an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University’s College of Communications.

A five-time Emmy Award winner at Chicago’s WMAQ-TV and WBBM-TV, Blakley served as a news anchor, political reporter, and general assignment reporter.

In addition, he spent seven years as a CBS News Correspondent, covering developments around the country and around the world while based in Chicago, London and Bonn, Germany.

Blakley began his TV reporting career at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, and broke into journalism at the Chicago Tribune. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a masters in communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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