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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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‘Vacation Virus’ Surfaces In Illinois

Illinois health officials now report more than a dozen cases of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya fever. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

11/13/2014

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Cameras Catch ‘Stroller Bandits’ Stealing From Wicker Park Pizzeria

They looked like any other Chicago Family inside a pizza shop, but they were after more than just a pizza. Security cameras rolled as the group pulled off their crime and now the restaurant’s owners want to know who they are.

11/12/2014

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Missionary Returns From Libera, Goes Into Voluntary Quarantine

Volunteer Dave Dionisi spent nearly a month at a 25-acre compound run by Skokie-based Franciscan Works, helping orphans whose parents died from Ebola. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

11/08/2014

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WATCH: Do Bicyclists In Chicago Deserve A Bad Rap?

CBS 2 cameras spent hours catching the chaos of drivers, bikers and pedestrians on the streets. Chris Martinez reports.

11/06/2014

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Chicago Bikers: Is Their Behavior Respectful or Entitled?

(CBS) “My head went back and I hit the pavement,” says Megan Williams, a Chicagoan who was slammed from behind by a biker on the lakefront and suffered serious injuries. All it takes is a quick […]

11/03/2014

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Companies Employing ‘White Hat’ Hackers To Prevent Data Thefts

It seems like every month we hear about a huge data breach, our credit card numbers and other important information in the hands of crooks. Now more companies are hiring hackers to help them protect their customers.

10/21/2014

YouTube video of a traffic stop in Hammond, Ind., when officers broke a car window and used a stun gun to subdue Jamal Jones, who refused to get out of the vehicle. Jones and his girlfriend are suing the department for excessive force and false arrest. (Credit: YouTube)

What Are Your Rights After Being Pulled Over By Police?

The cell phone video of a heated traffic stop in Hammond is getting national attention. It ended with a shattered window and stunned passenger.

10/08/2014

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Hoffman Estates Firefighters Finally Begin Arriving From Cabo

Hoffman Estates firefighter Pat Fortunato and his wife, Nancy, were in Mexico along with several others when disaster struck. The group is only now trickling back home.

09/19/2014

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Local Travelers Describe ‘Chaos’ Of Storm-Damaged Cabo

(CBS) – A Tinley Park woman and her fiancé are finally home after struggling to get out of the storm-ravaged region. Matt Krivos and Tiffany Narwick, who are engaged, described their time stuck in Cabo, […]

09/18/2014

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String Of Arson Fires Has Lakeview Residents On Edge

There have been at least a half dozen fires set, most of them in alleys next to homes in the neighborhood.

09/17/2014

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CPS Kindergartners Learning To Write Code For First Time Ever

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports that in a second floor classroom on the city’s South Side, the lesson is one you might not expect. Both online and off, the kindergarteners at Ariel Academy are learning computer code.

09/11/2014

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Massive Hack Of Celebrity Photos A Reminder About Vulnerability

Apple is denying any of their systems, including the iCloud were breached in that mass theft of celebrity photos.

09/02/2014

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