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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Riverside-Brookfield High School (CBS)

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

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


Lying (CBS)

Lying: We All Do It, But Why?

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


Carnival rides along 26th Street in Little Village. (Credit: CBS) --

Little Village Business Owners Upset About Festival Blocking Their Street

It’s meant to raise money for kids, but several business owners say a festival in Little Village is costing them big.


A sketch artist's rendering of a suspect who tried to sexually assault an off-duty officer along the Sauganash Trail. (Chicago Police Dept.)

Police Release Sketch Of Suspect Who Tried To Rape Off-Duty Cop

The attack on Chicago’s Northwest Side has put residents on edge, CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.


Bill Edgar holds up a fake Taylor Swift ticket he bought on Craigslist. (Credit: CBS)

Suburban Family Duped By Fake Taylor Swift Tickets Bought On Craigslist

Chicago Police say they’re looking into a growing number of reports of bogus tickets for big name concerts sold online. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez spoke with a suburban family of Taylor Swift fans
who say they were victims.


The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, where a gunman killed six people before taking his own life on August, 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. (Photo credit: TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/GettyImages)

Sikh Temple Holds Vigil On One Year Anniversary Of Shooting

It’s been one year since the gunfire and chaos of the Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. When it was over, six people were dead and five others injured. Monday night, the community that rallied around the temple after the shooting is once again coming together.


A Cadillac SUV rests on the bank of a pond in Arlington Heights, after crashing into a building, then going into the water. One person inside swam to shore, but the other was in the water up to 40 minutes before crews pulled the SUV out. (Credit: CBS)

9-1-1 Probe Follows Drowning Death Of Elderly Motorist

The question: Did the dispatcher do enough to try to save the man’s life? CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.


Anthony Rose (provided photo)

Mourners Pay Respects To Firefighter Killed In Arizona Blaze

Anthony Rose was one of 19 firefighters who perished while battling the blaze north of Phoenix.


This flight simulator at Lewis University teaches pilot trainees how to land at different types of airports. (CBS)

Flight Instructors: Simulators Help Pilots Prepare For Landing At Any Airport

(CBS) — One suburban university spends hours training future pilots, getting them ready for any type of landing, in any type of condition. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez sat in the cockpit of a flight simulator [...]


Los Burritos restaurant in Lombard. (Credit: CBS)

E. Coli Patients Suing Lombard Restaurant

The number of E. coli cases tied to a west suburban restaurant is growing. The DuPage County Health Department tells CBS 2 there are 11 confirmed cases now and 10 additional probable cases.


Frank Miller shows off his newly cut lawn. (CBS)

Blackhawks Fan Put In Penalty Box For Shaggy Lawn

Frank Miller, diehard Blackhaws fan, hit upon a novel way to honor his surging team in the post season — until the city of Park Ridge lowered the boom. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports.


Pastor Lois Parr. (Credit: CBS)

Three Local Pastors Bound By Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Illinois lawmakers have just one more day to vote on the same sex marriage bill that passed the Senate on Valentine’s Day.


Mari Medellin. (Credit: CBS)

UIC Alum Celebrates Decision To Insure Sex Change Surgery

Students at UIC covered by the school’s health insurance will have an added benefit come the fall: sex change surgery.


An indoor sprinkler during a fire drill. (CBS)

Should Indoor Sprinklers Be Mandatory For New Homes?

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.