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Jay Levine

levine Jay LevineJay Levine is the chief correspondent for CBS 2 Chicago.

He joined CBS 2 Chicago as weekend anchor and reporter in 1990 before being named chief correspondent in 1991. He later anchored the station’s early morning news with his wife, Mary Ann Childers, before returning to his role as chief correspondent.

In 1991, he became the first Chicago reporter to broadcast live from Saudi Arabia, the day before the Gulf War began. He was the only Chicago TV reporter in Saudi Arabia from the time the first shots were fired until after the cease-fire was signed. During that two-month period, Levine filed 260 live reports for CBS 2 Chicago and CBS stations around the country.


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In 2003, he was the only Chicago television reporter embedded with U.S. troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, covering the 101st Airborne, and its Chicago-area soldiers, from the deserts of Kuwait to Saddam’s palaces in Baghdad.

He has traveled the globe covering politics, international affairs and uncovering scandals. Levine’s reports range from interviewing the Pope, to dodging bullets in Beirut, to chasing drug runners in the Andes. In 1996, his coverage of Cardinal Bernardin’s death was widely acclaimed by both his peers and the public. He covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita extensively and their aftermath along the Gulf Coast.

Levine’s awards include a National RTNDA Award and an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for writing –”Farewell to the Pope.” His reports have helped CBS 2 Chicago win two national Emmy Awards: one in 2008 for the station’s coverage of the CTA Blue Line derailment and one in 2006 for coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II. Levine has also won 11 local Emmy Awards including a 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Coverage Within a Newscast –”Farewell to the Pope,” a Jacob Scher Award for Investigative Reporting, and numerous AP and UPI honors.

Prior to joining CBS 2 Chicago, Levine was a general assignment reporter for WLS-TV from 1974 to 1990. He also worked as a news reporter for WCAU-AM Radio, the CBS owned station in Philadelphia (1972-74). Levine began his journalism career as a news and sports anchor and reporter for WHCU-AM/FM Radio, the CBS affiliate in Ithaca, NY, while still in college.

Levine is involved in several organizations in Chicago, including Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Spinal Cord Injury Association, the Kidney Foundation, Rush-University Medical Center and the Latin School of Chicago.

Levine, an avid golfer, graduated from Cornell University with a degree in engineering.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Announces Expansion In Early Education For Poverty Level Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new program Monday to bridge the early childhood education gap for poverty level inner city kids.

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Father Michael Pfleger talks with CBS 2 at an anti-violence event. (CBS)

Across Chicago, An Effort To Make Residents Feel Safer

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

07/18/2014

Bruce Rauner (Credit: brucerauner.com)

Republican Rauner Makes His Case Before Black Forum; Quinn A No-Show

The group had been expecting to hear from Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as well. His spokesman said he never confirmed he’d be there and couldn’t make it. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

07/14/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Backs Off Suggestion Some Border Kids Are Criminals

Friday, Sen. Kirk was all about the their safety and their welfare. A Democratic representative was not swayed by the change of heart. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

07/11/2014

Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Rauner Campaign Turns Up The Heat With Anti-Quinn Ad Blitz

It could have been planned all along, or it could have been in response to gains made by incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn that prompted Bruce Rauner’s toughest attack ad yet. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

07/11/2014

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

McCarthy: Armed Suspects Would Rather Confront Cops Than Surrender

Gang members fear if they back down in confrontations with police, they will face beatings or financial sanctions from gang leaders, Chicago’s top cop says.

07/07/2014

Ex-Illinois Governor George Ryan. (Credit: CBS)

George Ryan Discusses Willis Family, His Future

Eight years after his conviction on corruption charges, former Governor George Ryan is now completely free reports his period of probation has ended and he no longer has any restrictions on his life.

07/02/2014

An urban farm. (Credit: CBS)

Urban Garden Offers Hope For Englewood Residents

A garden in the city is giving new hope to a long neglected neighborhood.

07/01/2014

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Expert: Obama Correct Not To Send Troops To Iraq

An expert on global affairs agrees with President Obama’s stance against sending American troops to deal with a growing insurgency in Iraq. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/19/2014

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Iraq Air Strike Request Revealed During Hearing

A request for U.S. air strikes by the Iraqi government was revealed in a hearing chaired by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

06/18/2014

Cardinal Francis George. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/DePaul University via Getty Images)

Cardinal George Mum On Whether A Chicagoan Will Take His Place

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports from the Bishops Conference in New Orleans.

06/12/2014

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Still A Powerful Force Among American Bishops

CBS 2’s Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the cardinal overshadows a gathering of bishops likely to produce his successor.

06/11/2014

Cardinal George talks with reporters Monday about the pope's resignation. (CBS)

Cardinal George Discusses Pope’s Health, Successor Ahead Of Bishops Conference

The Pope’s health is a topic of concern, at the U.S. Conference of Bishops in New Orleans, as is that of Francis Cardinal George and his eventual replacement.

06/10/2014

In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, was exchanged for five Taliban commanders being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to published reports. Bergdahl is in stable condition at a Berlin hospital, according to the reports.  (Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Kirk: President Wrong To Swap Five Taliban Members For Captive U.S. Soldier

Kirk says it endangers military and diplomatic personnel stationed around the world. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/05/2014

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George, Fr. Pfleger Discuss Violence

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine caught up with Cardinal George in Palos Park and reports if you didn’t know Cardinal George’s was in the midst of a two-month battle against cancer, it wasn’t obvious at Wednesday morning’s Mass at Holy Family Villa Nursing home.

05/28/2014

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference March 25, 2014, in The Hague, where leaders from around the world have come to discuss matters related to international nuclear security. (Photo by Toussaint Kluiters-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Arrives In Chicago To Attend Two Fundraisers

Obama was expected to raise about $1 million for the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and other Senate Democratic hopefuls.

05/22/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses city infrastructure projects at the Wells Street Bridge, after crews finished replacing the southern half of the span on March 11, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Responds To Critics On Schools, Fashion

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been under fire as he serves the final year of his first term in office from editorial writers, voters, even fashion critics.

05/14/2014

Chicago police on the scene of a fatal shooting Friday in the 6600 block of South Honore. (CBS)

Anti-Violence Agency Director Slow To Pass Out Grants, Critics Say

Toni Irving is a PhD in English and literature who oversaw the now-dissolved Illinois Violence Prevention Authority and then got a raise from $119,000 to $250,000 a year. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

05/08/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former Head Of Disgraced State Anti-Violence Program Now Leads Private City Non-Profit

As investigations mount concerning spending within Governor Quinn’s anti-violence program, CBS 2 has learned the same woman who oversaw it is now running a private $50 million anti-violence initiative in Chicago.

05/07/2014

Pope John Paul II (CBS)

Chicago’s Polish-American Community Well-Represented For John Paul II’s Canonization

Many have been here before, for John Paul II’s funeral, or beatification. There are new faces as well. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

04/26/2014

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