Jay Levine

levine Jay LevineJay Levine is a special contributor 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. He held that title until January, 2015, when he decided to shift to part-time work on special projects.

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.

Obama Speechwriter Promises ‘Call To Action’ In President’s Farewell Message

Cody Keenan has been with Barack Obama since joining his first presidential campaign, as an intern, back in 2007. CBS 2 Special Contributor Jay Levine reports.

01/10/2017

Jarrett Mum On Potential Run For Office After Obama White House

One thing’s for sure: She’s headed back to Chicago. CBS 2 Special Contributor Jay Levine reports.

01/06/2017

Obama: ‘I Will Always Be A Citizen Of Chicago’

President Obama talks about Chicago’s crime problem and his post-White House plans, during an interview with CBS 2 Special Correspondent Jay Levine.

01/05/2017

Longtime Supporter Encouraged By Hillary Clinton’s Proposal To Cure Alzheimer’s

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports that curing rather than just treating diseases like Alzheimer’s has been a priority for a Chicagoan who’s a longtime ally of the Clintons.

12/22/2015

Rep. Bobby Rush

Opponent Challenges Signatures On Congressman Bobby Rush’s Nominating Petitions

There’s potential trouble for Congressman Bobby Rush as thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions are being challenged.

12/16/2015

Emanuel Makes Stealth Stops In The Inner City As He Tries To Rehabilitate His Image

Eight months after sweeping to a second term, only 28 percent of voters questioned in a new poll say they would vote for Rahm Emanuel if there were an election today.

12/11/2015

Five Reasons Rahm Emanuel Survives CPD Crisis

With calls for his resignation echoing from the streets of Chicago to the halls of the Statehouse, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has quietly begun his campaign to make good on this pledge to regain peoples’ trust.

12/10/2015

Feds Focusing On Officers’ Accounts Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

Several sources familiar with the federal investigation into the Laquan McDonald shooting tell CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine a prime focus of the probe is why accounts of the other officers bears little resemblance to the dash cam video of the shooting.

12/08/2015

Police Board Chair Defends Handling Of Complaints Against Police

The Chicago Police Board is preparing to rule on Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy’s decision to take the next step in the case of officer Jason Van Dyke.

11/25/2015

Officer’s Attorney Says Video Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Doesn’t Tell Full Story

Attorney Dan Herbert spoke with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

11/25/2015

Laquan McDonald Video: When Will It Be Released?

It’s a burning question: When will the city release a video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a teenager?

11/20/2015

City Council Defies Governor Rauner On Refugee Stance

The resolution reaffirming Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city was unanimously approved after several aldermen offered personal stories of seeking refuge here.

11/18/2015

Jose Padilla

Fire Commissioner: ‘Terror Attack In Chicago, A Question Of When, Not If’

At a counter-terrorism conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said it is no longer a question of if there will be a terrorist attack on Chicago, but when.

11/17/2015

Emanuel Says Video Of Cop Shooting Suspect Should Be Released — Eventually

The video, from 2014, reportedly shows a white police officer shooting a black suspect 16 times. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

11/13/2015

On Veterans Day, Senate Candidates Highlight Military Ties

Veterans Day celebrations in the Chicago area today were a mix of patriotism and politics.

11/11/2015

CTU Promising Strike Vote If CPS Lays Off Teachers

The Chicago Teachers Union is charging that public school students are being held hostage by the continuing budget battle in Springfield.

11/03/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Planning To Run For Third Term

The mayor sat down with CBS 2’s Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

10/28/2015

FBI Head, Police Chiefs Disagree On Impact Increased Scrutiny Having On Police Officers

CBS 2 Chief correspondent Jay Levine says an issue first raised by Mayor Emanuel about camera shy cops has spread from city hall to city streets and all the way to the White House.

10/26/2015

Cupich: Pope Critics Behind ‘Unfounded Stories’ About The Pontiff

The archbishop spoke via Skype from the Vatican with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levin.

10/22/2015

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown

Federal Probe Into Cook County Official Reportedly Gains Steam

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on a call for the resignation of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown from the candidate planning to run against her.

10/15/2015

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