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.

Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. arrives at a Baltimore halfway house, amid a throng of reporters. (CBS)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Begins New Life In Halfway House

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has returned from the Baltimore, Md. halfway house Jackson will call home for an undetermined amount of time.

03/27/2015

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Spending Final Hours Behind Bars

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from prison to a halfway house early Thursday morning, and his stay there may not last long.

03/25/2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich accepts the crozier of former Cardinal Francis Mundelein at Holy Name Cathedral. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Archbishop Cupich Moving Quickly To Reorganize Archdiocese

Major reorganization and downsizing is underway at the Archdiocese of Chicago.

03/24/2015

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Set To Be Released From Prison Thursday

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Jackson will be released from an Alabama federal prison camp sometime Thursday,

03/24/2015

Mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia with former State Senate President Emil Jones. (Credit: CBS)

Chuy Garcia Picks Up Endorsement From Emil Jones

Another day, another major endorsement for mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia and once again it comes from the critical African American community.

03/10/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As Mayoral Campaigns Spar on City Finances, Alderman Admits Property Tax Increase Likely

The mayoral run-off campaign took an unexpected turn Monday, as one alderman hinted property tax increases are in the works no matter who’s elected.

03/09/2015

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: CBS)

Schock Defends Taxpayer-Paid Trip To New York For Staffers

Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock, once the toast of the town, courted by party leaders and powerbrokers, was confronted by reporters Monday about an ongoing ethics investigation about using taxpayer dollars on private planes.

03/09/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Credit: CBS)

Competing Endorsements Roll In For Emanuel, Garcia

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of the Chicago mayoral race.

02/27/2015

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Sparks Fly At Forum Over Obama Library Location

The president of a group opposing proposals to put President Barack Obama’s library on South Side park land is skeptical of a poll saying area residents support the project.

02/26/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson (Credit: CBS)

Wilson Meets With Fioretti While Weighing Endorsement Of A Mayoral Candidate

Ald. Bob Fioretti and businessman Willie Wilson are out of the mayoral race, but not without clout. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

02/26/2015

Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis appears in a video posted online. (YouTube)

Winners And Loser’s From Tuesday’s Election

There were plenty of winners and losers after Tuesday’s election, including many who weren’t even on the ballot.

02/25/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council To Have At Least Eight New Aldermen After Tuesday’s Election

At least 8 of the 50 aldermen will be new due to vacancies, deaths or remaps.

02/23/2015

US President Barack Obama (R) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (C) arrive to speak at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 2015. Obama designated the Pullman Historic District as a National Monument. The district was founded by railroad car manufacturer, engineer and industrialist George Pullman in 1880. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama To The Rescue? President Is All Smiles — And Praise — For Mayor Emanuel

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was on hand as the president formally made Pullman a national monument — and as he spoke highly of Rahm Emanuel, his former White House chief of staff.

02/19/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Poll Shows Emanuel Close To Majority Needed To Avoid Runoff

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports while the mayor is sprinting for the magic number of 50 plus one needed to avoid a runoff election, one of his challengers appears to be separating himself from the others.

02/16/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes a public appearance Nov. 24 as challengers filed to replace him. (CBS)

Emanuel Gets Daley, Rush Endorsements; Wilson Votes Early

On endorsement comes from former mayor Richard Daley, who had lunch with Rahm Emanuel last week. Another comes from a Chicago congressman. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

02/09/2015

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine plays audio for mayoral candidate Willie Wilson in which Wilson appears to use the term "Whitey." (CBS)

Mayoral Candidate: If I Used The Term ‘Whitey,’ It Doesn’t Reflect My Values

Willie Wilson found himself the focus of Chicago’s mayoral race Thursday, for the wrong reason. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

02/05/2015

The FBI's Chicago office. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police, FBI Cooperating To Counter Terror Threats

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine spoke with those charged with keeping us safe.

02/03/2015

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In Chicago, Efforts Never End To Detect Potential Terror Strikes

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has a behind-the-scenes look at the war on terrorism, Chicago-style.

02/02/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Several Unions Line Up Behind Emanuel

Primary opponent Willie Wilson, an African American, said minorities have not benefited from the mayor’s tenure. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

01/29/2015

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It Takes Money To Save Money, Rauner Administration Signals

The new governor created a whole new level of government, purportedly to save money. And then, after demanding a 20 percent cut in higher education budgets, he gave his blessing to an expensive new vocational training program.

01/23/2015

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