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

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

Former CBS 2 anchor and reporter Derrick Blakley has received 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 the television news and is known for his extensive knowledge of the city. He joined CBS 2 in 2003, working as a news anchor and reporter, and later as a 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 Chicago-based CBS News correspondent; London; and Bonn, West Germany.

His award recognizes his countless contributions to Chicago television news over the decades.

The late CBS 2 photojournalist Morris Jones was also honored.

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

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

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