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.

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

(Credit: Nick Ulivieri)

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

Rauner-vocational-training

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

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson discusses his $1 million donation to his own campaign fund. (Credit: WBBM/Craig Dellimore)

Willie Wilson On Past Troubles: ‘My Laundry’s Out There’

Willie Wilson discusses his personal history — warts and all — with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

01/22/2015

Dark Knight

State Film Chief Axed As New Administration Takes Over

Betsy Steinberg, an appointee of former Gov. Pat Quinn, leaves her post Friday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine talks with her about her seven-year tenure.

01/15/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Lays Out Economic Plan, Achievements

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a major campaign speech, talked about what he’s already done and what he plans to do if re-elected.

01/14/2015

Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Ready To Make Rundown Governor’s Mansion Home

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports from the outside, from a distance, the mansion actually looks ok.

01/13/2015

Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

Governor Rauner Busy On First Full Day In Office

New Governor Bruce Rauner’s first full day on the job was a busy one.

01/13/2015

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn Has No Plans To Retire

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine talks with the veteran politician, who leaves office next week after not winning re-election.

01/09/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Reveals New Details On Son’s Mugging

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in his first public comments since his son was mugged outside their Northwest Side home, reveals there may have been a witness to the crime, someone who heard, rather than saw, the 17 year-old being attacked.

01/05/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. (Credit: CBS)

Mayoral Hopeful Wilson To Begin Pouring Money Into TV Commercials

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may no longer have TV to himself to boost his re-election hopes, CBS 2 has learned.

01/02/2015

Money

Partial Rollback In State Income Tax May Be Mixed Blessing

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine explains why it is only a mixed blessing because the money has to come from somewhere, and the Rauner administration today is warning of “painful decisions” ahead.

12/31/2014

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia discusses crime in Chicago, saying the city's children have been failed by adults. (Credit: CBS)

Mayoral Challengers Question Emanuel’s Crime Record

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports whether or not Chicagoans are, or should feel, safer depends on who or which statistics you believe.

12/29/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel cuts the ribbon at the opening of a new Chicago brewery. (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Gets In One More Ribbon-Cutting Before Leaving The Country

The mayor’s re-election campaign also released polling information that shows the incumbent has an edge. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

12/19/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Emerges To Take Reporters’ Questions

Rahm Emanuel, facing multiple opponents in the next mayoral election, hasn’t had an “availability” with the media for several days, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

12/18/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

State Lawmakers To Propose Merging Offices Of Treasurer, Comptroller

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner could make history when he appoints a new state Comptroller next month. That’s because he or she could be the last state comptroller to serve in Illinois.

12/16/2014

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Emanuel Takes Campaign Pitch Directly To Voters, Avoids Questions From Media

In the race for mayor Monday, it was the tale of two types of campaigns with two sets of rules: one for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and one for everyone else, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

12/15/2014

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