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.

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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

Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes a stop Friday at a senior center. (CBS)

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

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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

Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

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

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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

Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

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 (Supplied Photo)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Planning To Run For Third Term

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

10/28/2015

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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

Archbishop Blase Cupich. (Credit: CBS)

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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Cubs-Pirates Wild-Card Game Divides One Pittsburgh Family

There is nothing like a household divided in the world of sports and for one Pittsburgh family, they bleed black and gold with a hint of Cubbie blue and red.

10/06/2015

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Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich tried to downplay both the meeting between Pope Francis and clerk Kim Davis and its significance. The Vatican has since tried to distance Pope Francis from Davis, saying it was not an endorsement of her decision to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

10/01/2015

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Announcement About Major Company Offset By Grim Chicago Statistics

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine talks with Mayor Emanuel about new corporate citizens — and persistent problems with violence in the inner-city.

10/01/2015

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