Chicago Reporter Takes Leave for Cancer Treatment

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Sun-Times

WBBM-Channel 2 reporter Derrick Blakley, 56, has taken an indefinite medical leave of absence from the station while he is treated for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

“I’m at the beginning of a long journey, but I’m doing very well and [am] very optimistic,” Blakley said Thursday.

He is in rehabilitation after surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to put a rod in his right thigh bone, where there was cancer.

“The rehabilitation is all about my learning to walk as well as possible again,” he said. More…