CBS 2 Chicago wbbm7801059 670 The Score

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.

Find Chris on FACEBOOK
Follow Chris on TWITTER
Send Chris an E-MAIL

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 car is stranded in the middle of a downtown street after being overcome by floodwater in Des Plaines. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

One Year Later, Memory Of Chicago-Area Flood Lingers

One year ago, an unrelenting storm system caused widespread flooding in the Chicago area. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

04/18/2014

Potholes

Some Chicago Residents Not Swayed By Street Repaving Promises

Crews are planning to repave 345 miles of roads as part of a promise from City Hall to fix streets plagued by potholes.

04/16/2014

File Photo Of Woman On Cell Phone (Getty Images)

Without New Funding Source, State Poison Hotline Set To End May 31

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.

04/11/2014

(File photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Lemont Authorities Recount Rescue Of Man From Ravine

With an unbroken gaze, Officer Brian Schmitz saw a first sign of trouble. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

04/10/2014

Diabetes EXPO 2014

Expo Raises Awareness Of Diabetes

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.

04/05/2014

ATM

Banks On Notice About New ATM-Draining Scam

Fraud expert William Kresse says if you have an ATM card you are at risk. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

04/03/2014

Tyquone Greer. (Credit: CBS)

Orr HS Basketball Player Hits Game-Winner Nine Days After Being Shot

He feared he may never play ball again after a bullet passed directly through his leg. But less than two weeks after he was shot, an Orr Academy High School senior is celebrating one of his biggest plays ever.

03/19/2014

An orange cone marks a deep pothole in Chicago's 32nd Ward. (CBS)

Alderman Asks: Who’s Stealing Orange Cones Marking The Worst Potholes?

Ald. Scott Waguespack wanted to warn motorists to be careful up ahead. Somebody had other ideas. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.

03/14/2014

Rats

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

previous

next