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.
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.
Fraud expert William Kresse says if you have an ATM card you are at risk. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
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.
Ald. Scott Waguespack wanted to warn motorists to be careful up ahead. Somebody had other ideas. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.
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.
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.
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.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez talked to the owners, who say nothing has been done — after multiple complaints to the city.
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.
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.
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.
CBS 2’s Chris Martinez talks with an area attorney who has filed a class-action lawsuit.
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.
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.
Alonzo Stallings found out about the lack of heat not from teachers or a note sent home – but from his five-year-old daughter.
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.