Jay 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.
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.
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.
Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. to cheers as he kicked off his historic trip.
No one is immune from being overwhelmed at the prospect of meeting Pope Francis when he comes to Washington, D.C.
Amid the ceremonies at the Vatican for Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich he paused to remember his predecessor.
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.
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.
The major disagreement is over non-economic issues, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Promises made and promises still to be kept.
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.
Former House Speaker and Suburban Congressman Dennis Hastert’s disappearing act is coming to an end.
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.
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.
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.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine offers a preview.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on Gov. Bruce Rauner going on the offensive.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports they are trying to raise as much $9 million or more.
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.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the Rauner administration is moving full speed ahead to see if it really makes sense to sell the James R. Thompson Center and move more than 2,000 state employees elsewhere.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on how the public is expected to hear the formal news in the coming days.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the mayor’s gain could be bus and train riders’ loss.