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.
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.
Quinn ducked in the back door of a school, rather than confront Bruce Rauner’s stunt-double, whose nose was growing, Rauner said, for making what was supposed to be a temporary tax hike permanent. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
CBS 2 has learned that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s 2014 budget to be unveiled tomorrow in Springfield is expected to include tax relief for the middle class.
Cardinal George is expected to be released from the hospital a week after being admitted after suffering flu-like symptoms.
His GOP opponent wants to know why Jim Oberweis went AWOL just days before the primary. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
A funny thing may have happened to Bruce Rauner’s landslide victory in the GOP primary, an apparent last minute surge by DuPage County State Senator Kirk Dillard.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel never passes up an opportunity to sell Chicago as he made a business trip to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest festival.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine visits with Mark Kirk in Washington and asks: How’s it going?
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says the independent report — costing taxpayers $18,000 — is likely missing a key element.
Republican gubernatorial candidates took turns attacking-front runner Bruce Rauner in Springfield Tuesday night, in the second of five scheduled full field GOP debates.
Ed Michalowski tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine why he chose to come forward with allegations against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, rocking the Republican race for governor.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the attacks and counter-attacks by candidates and their supporters could be one of the most expensive statewide primary campaigns ever.
Former Mayor Richard Daley was hospitalized late last week, after feeling unwell on a business trip to Arizona. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine shadows Gov. Quinn as he traveled to schools to pitch new education efforts. But how will the state pay for them?
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will give his State of the State address and this year it has a dual purpose, serving as the kick-off for the Governor’s re-election campaign.
The continued poor driving conditions around the area continue to raise questions about safety.
Among the questions: Why did a one- or two-truck crash escalate into a major pileup of 46 vehicles? Were people driving too fast for conditions? Were conditions simply too bad to drive at all? CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Rahm Emanuel often brags about Chicago being a major rail hub. But at the same time, he’s talking about increasing the railroads’ cost of passing through Chicago. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
The common link among all the Roman Catholic priests, whose records of alleged sexual abuse were released yesterday, is that they all reported to the Archbishop of Chicago.
Six thousand pages of investigative reports will be made public as part of an agreement between victims’ attorneys and the Chicago Archdiocese. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.