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.
Students at UIC covered by the school’s health insurance will have an added benefit come the fall: sex change surgery.
Safety advocates say new construction should include indoor sprinklers to make homes more fireproof. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez looks at both sides of the debate.
They were chasing the American dream. One Chicago couple moved into a house and started making changes. Trouble is, it belonged to someone else.
A blunt warning tonight to the City of Chicago: Replace the crumbling bridges.
Less than 24 hours after CBS 2 reported on falling concrete from a Lake Shore Drive overpass falling on a local family’s car, city crews were at the overpass, getting rid of more loose concrete.
A big chunk of concrete smashed into the hood of a Chicago area family’s car as they were driving in Streeterville this week.
Pastor Trudy Griffins showed off the basement where all of Emmanuel Faith Food Pantry’s food was stored, until flood waters soaked the basement and everything in it.
Even in the full light of day the fear is still there, CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
You can hear the gun-fire and see the shop owner bobbing left and right to save his life.
They are the newest line of a city’s defense; 59 men and women about to hit the streets as Chicago Police. For Tony Vincent, it’s personal in a way no other new officer can imagine.
Mayor Emanuel on Monday announced a program called “Chicago Plays” to rebuild 300 playgrounds from top to bottom over five years.
CBS 2 put four dogs to the test and asked police K-9 trainer Gary Tippett to pose as an intruder. Would the dogs attack or fall back? CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.
There are conflicting reports about whether Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is dead or alive. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.
CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller says federal officials are still collecting all the memorabilia, clothing and other goodies Jesse Jackson Jr. purchased via campaign dollars.
Pictures and memories. It’s all Melissa Leon has left of her sister’s youngest child, Layla.
The first fight happened inside Proviso West’s lunchroom on Monday. Hillside police arrested 15 students, all of them taken out of the school in handcuffs.
Dan Salls put everything on the line to start his food truck business, “The Salsa Truck.” He quit his job, and emptied his wallet.
Police said Monday they’re following several leads in their search for a second suspect in an elaborate gasoline theft scheme.
Two Chicago sisters who normally leave their cars idling so the vehicles can warm up had them stolen Friday morning. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.
One or two messages a week are flagged by authorities for following up, Police Chief Troy Williams says. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.