Chris Martinez

c martinez Chris MartinezChris Martinez is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

Chris joined CBS 2 in October 2012 after working for nearly a decade as a reporter and anchor for WFTS-ABC Action News in Tampa, Florida.

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During his time in Tampa, Chris covered many national stories, including the Terri Schiavo case, the disappearance of Caylee Anthony and the trial of her mother Casey, and a number of hurricanes, including the devastating Charley. He also reported extensively on the Space Shuttle program.

Prior to Tampa, Chris was a reporter and fill-in anchor in Orlando for Central Florida News 13 from 2000 to 2003, and in Tallahassee for WCTV 6, where he served as chief reporter for the station’s bureau in Valdosta, Ga. in 2000.

He began his career in news as an associate producer for WCTV 6 and promotions writer at The Florida News Channel, before graduating from The Florida State University in 1999.

Chris has received numerous awards for his reporting, but is most proud of being singled out for his volunteer efforts. He’s been recognized by the Salvation Army for his charity work and the YMCA for mentoring teens.

Born in Miami and raised in Florida, Chris is proud of his Cuban and Midwestern roots. His mother Carole was born and raised in Indiana, while his father Alberto moved to the United States from Cuba as a teenager.

Chris is now equally proud to make his home in Chicago.

Pedestrians brave the cold weather as they make their way down the street during the start of a severe cold snap Wednesday night. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Area Braces For Incoming Bitter Cold

e’ve been dealing with brutal cold for days now, but the worst is still ahead of us. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports many are preparing now.

02/18/2015

A fire safety official tests an extinguisher. (CBS)

Is Your Fire Extinguisher Ready For An Emergency?

If the worst happens — a fire in your home — will your extinguisher function properly? CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

02/13/2015

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Newer Homes Burn Faster, Safety Experts Warn

That’s because there are more synthetic materials than ever before. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez offers strategies on staying safer.

02/12/2015

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Parent Group Pushes Legislation Making It Harder To Avoid Vaccinating Kids

The outbreak of measles in the northwest suburbs is prompting a legislative response, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

02/06/2015

A wheelchair-user tries to navigate a snowy sidewalk Thursday. (CBS)

Lingering Snow, Ice Present Obstacles To People With Disabilities

It’s hard enough navigating snow-clogged streets and sidewalks when you don’t have a disability. When you have one, it can be very difficult to get around, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

02/05/2015

Does this look like a campaign brochure to you? (CBS)

Candidate’s Offbeat Campaign Fliers, Resembling Parking Tickets, Not Funny To Some

The last thing some motorists want to see are orange-colored slips of paper on their windshield. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

01/29/2015

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Privacy Advocates Worry New State Cyberbullying Law Goes Too Far

It’s supposed to keep our kids safe, but a new state law aimed at curbing cyberbullying is coming under fire with some saying it goes too far.

01/21/2015

A woman driving this car was hospitalized in intensive care after being hit by a Metra train in Itasca. (Credit: Metra)

Son Asks For Witnesses To Come Forward After Mother’s Car Hit By Train

The son of a woman injured after her car was hit by a Metra train Tuesday morning in Itasca is asking for witnesses to come forward after someone told him her car may have been bumped toward the track.

01/14/2015

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Family Of Tyrone Hood Grateful For Commutation

Just minutes before, Governor Rauner took office Monday, Pat Quinn made a number of last minute moves, including freeing a man who’s spent more than two decades in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

01/13/2015

A Nicor Home Services technician cleans the Wright family's furnace to keep it running properly for the winter. (Credit: CBS)

Tips For Preparing Your Home For Bitter Cold

You may be ready for tonight, but what about your home? CBS 2’s Chris Martinez has with tips for homeowners.

01/06/2015

Anti-violence marchers on Michigan Avenue. (Credit: CBS)

Dozens Of Chicagoans March In Memory Of Those Lost To Violence

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports on the last day of the year, it was one final look back at the year – in violence.

12/31/2014

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking at Rainbow Push Headquarters. (Credit: CBS)

Supporters Of Man Fatally Shot By Milwaukee Cop Rally In Chicago

Chicago’s Reverend Jesse Jackson is calling for justice for the family of another black man killed by a Milwaukee police officer.

12/27/2014

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Sony Releases “The Interview” Online

It’s the movie North Korea doesn’t want you to see, but starting today you can watch “The Interview” without even leaving your home.

12/24/2014

Firefighter Rich Pinskey handing out toys. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Firefighters Deliver Christmas Gifts To Kids In Hospital

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports if somewhere Santa has a helper, a go-to guy deep behind the scenes, chances are he looks a bit like Rich Pinskey.

12/23/2014

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Shoppers Pick Up Last Minute Gifts On “Super Saturday”

The start of the final holiday sales push is on in what may be the biggest shopping day of the year: Super Saturday.

12/20/2014

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Security Experts: Welcome To The New World Of Cyber Terror

(CBS) – “Destructive activity with malicious intent.” That is how the White House is describing the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The FBI is moving closer to officially blaming North Korea for the attack. As […]

12/18/2014

A package in a building vestibule. (CBS)

Thieves Grabbing Several Packages From Porches In Lakeview

Police are warning residents of the Lakeview neighborhood to keep a close eye on their front porches, after a series of delivery thefts in the area.

12/12/2014

A petroleum group says these products could be harmful to some vehicles. (CBS)

Petroleum Group Warns Motorists: Some Motor Oil On Shelves Could Hurt Your Car

In the simplest of terms, it can be poison for your car and do damage to your engine, one professional warns. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

12/11/2014

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Accident That Cost Boy His Leg Raises Safety Questions About South Suburban Train Crossing

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports some residents there are now saying, “I told you so.”

12/03/2014

Seven people died in this Cicero apartment fire in February 2010. (CBS)

Prosecutors Play Tapes Of Landlord Discussing Fatal Fire

Prosecutors presented a major piece of evidence Friday in the trial of a landlord accused of setting fire to his Cicero building and killing seven people. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

11/14/2014

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