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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.

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Still A Powerful Force Among American Bishops

CBS 2’s Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the cardinal overshadows a gathering of bishops likely to produce his successor.

06/11/2014

Cardinal George talks with reporters Monday about the pope's resignation. (CBS)

Cardinal George Discusses Pope’s Health, Successor Ahead Of Bishops Conference

The Pope’s health is a topic of concern, at the U.S. Conference of Bishops in New Orleans, as is that of Francis Cardinal George and his eventual replacement.

06/10/2014

In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, was exchanged for five Taliban commanders being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to published reports. Bergdahl is in stable condition at a Berlin hospital, according to the reports.  (Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Kirk: President Wrong To Swap Five Taliban Members For Captive U.S. Soldier

Kirk says it endangers military and diplomatic personnel stationed around the world. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/05/2014

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George, Fr. Pfleger Discuss Violence

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine caught up with Cardinal George in Palos Park and reports if you didn’t know Cardinal George’s was in the midst of a two-month battle against cancer, it wasn’t obvious at Wednesday morning’s Mass at Holy Family Villa Nursing home.

05/28/2014

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference March 25, 2014, in The Hague, where leaders from around the world have come to discuss matters related to international nuclear security. (Photo by Toussaint Kluiters-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Arrives In Chicago To Attend Two Fundraisers

Obama was expected to raise about $1 million for the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and other Senate Democratic hopefuls.

05/22/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses city infrastructure projects at the Wells Street Bridge, after crews finished replacing the southern half of the span on March 11, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Responds To Critics On Schools, Fashion

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been under fire as he serves the final year of his first term in office from editorial writers, voters, even fashion critics.

05/14/2014

Chicago police on the scene of a fatal shooting Friday in the 6600 block of South Honore. (CBS)

Anti-Violence Agency Director Slow To Pass Out Grants, Critics Say

Toni Irving is a PhD in English and literature who oversaw the now-dissolved Illinois Violence Prevention Authority and then got a raise from $119,000 to $250,000 a year. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

05/08/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Former Head Of Disgraced State Anti-Violence Program Now Leads Private City Non-Profit

As investigations mount concerning spending within Governor Quinn’s anti-violence program, CBS 2 has learned the same woman who oversaw it is now running a private $50 million anti-violence initiative in Chicago.

05/07/2014

Pope John Paul II (CBS)

Chicago’s Polish-American Community Well-Represented For John Paul II’s Canonization

Many have been here before, for John Paul II’s funeral, or beatification. There are new faces as well. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

04/26/2014

Pilgrims and visitors stay in front of the Basilica in Saint Peter's Square on April 25, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. The late Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized on April 27 inside the Vatican with 800,000 pilgrims from around the world expected to attend. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

Is Sainthood On Horizon For African-American Priest With Ties To Chicago?

The cause for Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest in Chicago or anywhere else in America, is picking up steam. CBS 2’s Jay Levine reports from Rome.

04/25/2014

A man walks past posters announcing the double canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on April 24, 2014 in Rome. Late popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. The canonizations of two popular popes are set to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome. AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago-Area Pilgrims Begin Arriving For Canonizations In Rome

Rome is ready for these Chicagoans and the hundreds of thousands who’ll join them. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

04/24/2014

Pope John Paul II (CBS)

Members Of Chicago’s Polish Community Look Forward To John Paul II’s Canonization In Rome

BS Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports they’ll be led by a man with close ties to John Paul II. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

04/18/2014

James R. Thompson Center

Gambling Supporters Propose Casino In Thompson Center

Its known for being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, but some gambling supporters have proposed to put a casino in the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

04/16/2014

Governor Pat Quinn (Left) and Bruce Rauner (Right) (Credit: CBS)

Quinn, Rauner Lock Horns At First Joint Appearance

The gloves came off Friday afternoon during the first meeting between the two major-party candidates for Illinois governor.

04/11/2014

UP West Metra Train

New Chairman Promises To Cleanup Scandal-Plagued Metra

In Springfield Wednesday, the legislative inspector general ruled that no laws were broken in the hiring scandal that led to a shake-up in the top ranks of Metra, but that hasn’t stopped Metra’s new chairman from proposing tough new hiring rules.

04/09/2014

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Friend — Not Feds — Transports Jesse Jackson Jr. To His New Prison Home

Jesse Jackson Jr. got to Montgomery Federal Prison in Alabama Friday night, following a 550-mile, eight-hour drive from Butner, N.C. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

04/07/2014

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Could Be Out Of Federal Prison Much Sooner Than Expected

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on how the ex-congressman’s move to a different prison could affect his exit date.

04/05/2014

Cardinal Francis George in Rome (CBS)

Cardinal Hopes Doctors Will Allow Him To Attend Canonizations In Rome

The head of Chicago’s Catholic Church tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine his physicians are not keen on letting him take a long trip while he’s being treated for cancer.

04/03/2014

quinn Rauner

Donations Pour In For Rauner, Quinn

Both Candidates in the 2014 Illinois race for governor are building up their political war chests.

03/31/2014

This CTA train smashed into the escalator on Monday morning at the O'Hare station. (Credit: CBS)

Blame Game Between CTA, Union Continues In Wake Of O’Hare Train Crash

The CTA’s worker union says the sleeping operator whose train crashed at O’Hare on Monday had worked 69 hours the previous week — a claim the transit agency denies. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

03/28/2014

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