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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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Alderman Proposes New Approach To Rat Control

Ald. Bob Fioretti predicts an explosion in Chicago’s rat population this spring. He’s pushing a new a new strategy. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

03/13/2014

Satellite image of Lake Michigan on March 8, 2014, when ice coverage was 93.29 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Ducks Dying From Starvation As Lake Ice Cuts Them Off From Food Source

This bitterly cold winter seems to be wearing down everyone. It’s also having a dramatic impact on the ducks who usually flourish along the shores of Lake Michigan.

03/12/2014

Photo Of Taxi Sign (Jim Davis/Getty Images)

Suburban Bank Says Fraudulent Charges Originating In Taxicabs

First American Bank says it has traced hundreds of devious charges to customer cards just after they’re swiped in cabs. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

02/28/2014

This car left in a parking lot is now trapped by ice. (Credit: Chris Martinez)

Bronzeville Couple’s Car Fused To Ice Block

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez talked to the owners, who say nothing has been done — after multiple complaints to the city.

02/28/2014

A carbon monoxide detector. (Credit: CBS)

Will Your Detector Protect You From Carbon Monoxide?

With enough exposure carbon monoxide can be deadly. We saw that last month in an Oak Brook home where one man died and seven women were sickened after a CO leak. When firefighters got there, levels were already at 1,000 parts per million.

02/25/2014

A demonstration of a space-heater fire. (CBS)

Space Heaters Can Be Dangerous, Fire Officials Warn

This week’s fatal fire in Hammond, Ind. is a terrible reminder of how dangerous space heaters can be, if they’re not used properly. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

01/09/2014

Snow still hasn't been shoveled on this block in River North. (Credit: CBS)

Some Businesses Aren’t Shoveling Sidewalks In Front Of Their Property

The law says you have to shovel the sidewalks in front of your property CBS 2’s Chris Martinez went to find out if that’s happening.

01/08/2014

A Chicago Target store.  (CBS)

Target Tells Customers PINs Are Safe, But Security-Breach Lawsuits Continue

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez talks with an area attorney who has filed a class-action lawsuit.

12/27/2013

A UPS worker delivers packages on December 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Bad weather and a higher than expected demand from online sales caused FedEx and UPS to miss many Christmas delivery deadlines. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Area Woman Disappointed Amid Delays By Shipping Giants

On the whole, it was a Merry Christmas at Jocelyn Flojo’s house, except for that one missing piece: a gift for her 7-year-old son that was ordered online. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

12/26/2013

Staff at Rush University Medical Center work on Christmas. (CBS)

No Holiday For ER Staff

It might be the last place you’d want to be on Christmas Day: the ER at Rush University Medical Center. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

12/25/2013

Beasley Elementary School (CBS)

Part Of Chicago School Was Without Heat For Two Days, Parent Complains

Alonzo Stallings found out about the lack of heat not from teachers or a note sent home – but from his five-year-old daughter.

12/12/2013

Employees at MicroTek in Downers Grove read letters to Santa, written by needy children and parents. The employees will buy gifts for those who wrote the letters, then wrap and ship them during their Christmas party this year. (Credit: CBS)

Company Spends Holiday Party Fulfilling Wishes Of Needy Families

It’s that time of year when many companies host holiday parties. Some people might be headed to one right now, but in Downers Grove, one company is foregoing a party and doing something more in the spirit of giving.

12/06/2013

A Mariano's sign. (CBS)

What Will Mariano’s Purchase Of 11 Dominick’s Stores Mean For Prices?

CBS 2’s Chris Martinez visited stores from both chains to do a price check, comparing the base price of ten items at Dominick’s and Mariano’s.

12/03/2013

Dominick's gift cards still on display. (Credit: CBS)

Dominick’s Still Selling Gift Cards Despite Imminent Closings

Gift cards are popular presents this time of year, but there’s one being sold right now- that really caught our attention.

11/27/2013

Pat Ewert (Left) and Vernita Gray. (Right). (Credit: CBS)

Gay Couple Gets OK To Get Married Before Law Takes Effect

A desperate wish is answered for two women who say they can’t wait until next summer to get married.

11/26/2013

Ralph Lendi. (Credit: CBS)

UPS Driver Has Driven 7 Million Miles Without A Single Crash, Ticket

In this original report CBS 2’s Chris Martinez introduces us to that super driver who happens to be one of Santa’s safest helpers.

11/13/2013

Hales Franciscan High School (Credit: CBS)

Hales Franciscan Parents Shocked By Sexting Scandal

Just months after going co-ed, a Catholic high school in the Bronzeville neighborhood has become the focus of a police investigation into sexually explicit photos students allegedly shared with each other.

11/08/2013

Glow sticks. (Credit: CBS)

Glow Sticks Top Worry For Parents Calling Poison Control On Halloween

Many of our neighborhoods will be filled with trick-or-treaters on Thursday and at about the same time the phones at the state’s poison control center will start ringing off the hook.

10/30/2013

Riverside-Brookfield High School (CBS)

Student Prank, Complete With Live Chickens, Trashes Suburban High School

Police are investigating, reports CBS 2’s Chris Martinez.

10/04/2013

Lying (CBS)

Lying: We All Do It, But Why?

Sometimes it’s obvious. More often, it’s not. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

10/03/2013

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