Chris 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.
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.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports witnesses describe hearing more than a dozen shots in the drive-by and the mother of the young victim has a message for her daughter’s killer.
Security experts are warning Americans to change their online passwords after a Russian group stole more than a billion passwords.
Some residents near Starved Rock State Park say an increase in the mining of sand — a resource used in “fracking” — could harm the land and water supplies. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
Workers at an auto shop were tied up and thrown in the bathroom during a robbery Tuesday morning. Two thieves came charging in with weapons in hand and demanded jewelry, not realizing yet they were someplace else.
When Barbara Christopher got an email saying she owed on her I-Pass, she figured that was possible. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
With the Fourth of July coming up, lots of Illinois residents are making run for the Indiana border to by fireworks.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports on what one Chicago hospital is doing to make people aware if they are HIV-positive.
(CBS) – It can be a deadly combination, and police have a simple warning: Don’t do it. We’re talking about drinking and boating. This weekend, there’s a crackdown, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports. So far [...]
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports even the best efforts to avoid them are often never enough.
What Alfreda Murphy read prompted her to call the police and lock her children inside her home, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
It’s a dangerous stunt meant to deliver a light-headed thrill. This week in Barrington, two second-graders survived a round in the school bathroom. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports there’s not enough money to fix the problem.
Business owners are getting calls claiming to be ComEd saying they owe big bucks and they must pay up — or else. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
The numbers are stunning: Gays and lesbians make up nearly half of all homeless youth in Chicago. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports on how the working conditions of these first-responders may be affecting their health.
One year ago, an unrelenting storm system caused widespread flooding in the Chicago area. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
Crews are planning to repave 345 miles of roads as part of a promise from City Hall to fix streets plagued by potholes.
Illinois, which was the first state to have a poison center, could soon become the only state without one. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
With an unbroken gaze, Officer Brian Schmitz saw a first sign of trouble. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
Would you know the symptoms of diabetes? Knowledge could mean the difference between life and death. The search for answers brought thousands of people to McCormick place Saturday.