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.

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

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

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

Pope’s Message In Washington Hits Home For Gutierrez, Pfleger

In an address repeatedly interrupted by applause — some of it partisan — he urged lawmakers and Americans in general to do the right thing, especially when it came to immigrants, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

09/24/2015

Pope Francis Arrives In U.S.

Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. to cheers as he kicked off his historic trip.

09/22/2015

Pope Francis (Photo by Osservatore Romano/Getty Images)

White House Aide Has ‘Goosebumps’ About Pope’s Visit

No one is immune from being overwhelmed at the prospect of meeting Pope Francis when he comes to Washington, D.C.

09/21/2015

Archbishop Cupich Pays Tribute To Late Cardinal George During Rome Trip

Amid the ceremonies at the Vatican for Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich he paused to remember his predecessor.

06/30/2015

New Details Released On Pope Francis’ U.S. Trip

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is wrapping up his visit to the Vatican as Pope Francis prepares for two big trips, including one to the United States.

06/30/2015

Archbishop Celebrates Mass In Vatican, Receives Pallium From Pope

Archbishop Blase Cupich received a special honor Monday morning, as Pope Francis bestowed him with a pallium, a special lambswool vestment symbolizing his position as leader of a major archdiocese.

06/29/2015

Empty Classroom

Talks Break Down For New Chicago Teachers Contract

The major disagreement is over non-economic issues, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/25/2015

One Year After Anti-Violence Summit, The Shootings Continue

Promises made and promises still to be kept.

06/19/2015

Archbishop Cupich Welcomes Move By Pope Francis To Hold Bishops Accountable In Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis ordered a Vatican tribunal to deal with bishops who failed to protect children in a move to fill what some have called a gap in the church’s fight against sex abuse by priests.

06/10/2015

Dennis Hastert Hires High-Powered Attorney For Arraignment Tuesday

Former House Speaker and Suburban Congressman Dennis Hastert’s disappearing act is coming to an end.

06/08/2015

Gov. Rauner To Democrats: ‘No More Kicking The Can’

The Republican governor digs says he won’t consider new tax revenues until members of the other party pass his “Turnaround” agenda in Springfield. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/01/2015

Dennis Hastert To Friends: I Am A Victim, Too

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, Hastert was neither been seen or heard from publicly on Friday, but he has told close friends that he was sorry people had to go though this ordeal.

05/29/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Republicans Fire Back On Madigan’s Budget Proposal

In Springfield today, accusations of a nonsensical political theater and a path to a phony budget as Republicans fired back at powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

05/26/2015

New Stretch Of Riverwalk Project Opens This Weekend

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine offers a preview.

05/22/2015

Gov. Rauner Rattles Saber In Op-Ed Piece; Can State Budget Deadline Be Met?

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on Gov. Bruce Rauner going on the offensive.

05/21/2015

Fundraising Effort Aims To Repair Rundown Governor’s Mansion

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports they are trying to raise as much $9 million or more.

05/20/2015

Chicago Police Trying To Build Trust With Community Amid Rising Tension

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has the straight scoop from police brass, and street cops alike on how they’re trying to change their image. how’re they doing.

05/19/2015

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