Jay 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.
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.
More than a dozen distinct residential areas no longer exist and have been absorbed by other neighborhoods, according to a new map posted on the city of Chicago’s website. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks: What’s going on?
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine got Rahm Emanuel to weigh in on the term-limit debate triggered by gubernatorial candidates this week.
With tempers flaring and voices raised, the battle over 65 so-called “second chance” jobs for ex-offenders was intensified Thursday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
While it may be too soon to grade the CPS school closings and consolidation with other neighborhood schools, one aspect of that plan seems to be working well.
While polls now indicate businessman Bruce Rauner is leading the race for the GOP nomination for Governor, most voters don’t know much about him.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on the continuing battle for the hearts and minds of parents.
Another financial windfall is in store for the parking meter company that’s already fleeced city taxpayers twice. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Zach Fardon, a former assistant federal prosecutor, was sworn in Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Wednesday, two iconic Chicagoans will celebrate the 50th anniversary medals of freedom: Oprah Winfrey, and Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks.
Three years ago, Oprah publicly supported a school in South Africa with nearly a million dollars. Some Chicagoans asked what has she ever done for Chicago? Our schools? Our charities? It turns out quite a lot.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine talks with the man who made the decision.
The two-day mission inaugurates a sister city partnership, building on the strength of the ethnic and regional similarities both towns share.
Paul Vallas, the former Chicago School CEO and political candidate, will make his debut as Governor Pat Quinn’s 2014 running mate on Tuesday.
A scaled back mandatory minimum sentencing bill is expected to sail through the Illinois General Assembly tomorrow.
The mayor will hit the road in search of the best and the brightest — as well as money to help get them started. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
There was more disciplinary action handed down by the CTA Friday in two cases CBS 2 has been reporting on this week.
Union leaders are furious, claiming the CTA is simply looking for a scapegoat. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
The CTA admits it is using hidden cameras to crack down employees who should be working, but some employees say they are placing the cameras in places they shouldn’t be.
On his Facebook page, Durbin claimed one GOP congressman flat-out insulted the President and said, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”
In Springfield today, the beginning of the fall veto session, saw state lawmakers far outnumbered by those lobbying in support of one key issue before the legislature: marriage equality.