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.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn, Rauner Spar Over Credit For Digital Design Center

The two candidates for governor sparred over a new digital design center in Chicago as Gov. Quinn presided over the ground-breaking for a project on Thursday, which ruce Rauner said was his idea.

10/30/2014

Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich talks with CBS 2's Jay Levine in Cupich's hometown of Omaha, Neb. (CBS)

Incoming Archbishop Ready For Controversial Issues

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was the first reporter to travel to Spokane, Wash. to talk with the future archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, to see just where he stands.

10/29/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Quinn Uses Same Three-Word Refrain — Again — In Final Campaign Push

What is it? CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

10/29/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn marched in a Labor Day parade in Naperville. (CBS)

Quinn Touts New Jobs, But Illinois Lags Behind 2 Neighboring States

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday made his case that he is a job creator, but CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine puts the governor’s numbers to the test.

10/28/2014

Francis Cardinal George talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Cardinal Reflects On Cancer Battle, Infamous Ex-Priest

Francis Cardinal George talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine and looks ahead to retirement, not really knowing what it will hold.

10/20/2014

A speed camera system in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Speed Cameras Net City $50M Less Than Expected

Good behavior is bad for the budget. Real bad, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

10/16/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Some Questions Remain Unanswered After Gubernatorial Debate

Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate on CBS-2 answered some questions but also raised some new ones.

10/15/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Rauner Nabs 2 Endorsements, Quinn Goes On The Attack On TV

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has the latest in the hotly contested race for Illinois governor.

10/10/2014

terror

Expert: Chicago A Target For Terrorist Attacks, Recruitment

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports there is concern and admission that Chicago could be a target of an attack, and a target for terrorist recruiters.

09/23/2014

Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich talks with CBS 2's Jay Levine in Cupich's hometown of Omaha, Neb. (CBS)

New Archbishop Draws Line In Sand Against Church Hardliners

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there as Blase Cupich, who will be installed in Chicago in November, shared the good news with his hometown.

09/22/2014

Bishop Blase Cupich (Spokane Diocese)

Bishop Blase Cupich Introduced As Successor To Cardinal George

Blase Cupich, 65, is from Omaha, Neb. and was ordained there in 1975, according to the Spokane Diocese website. He was installed as the Bishop of Spokane in September 2010.

09/19/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Rauner Disagrees Quinn Is Rebounding Amid New TV Push

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on what some are calling Gov. Pat Quinn’s comeback.

09/19/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Rahm Emanuel Keeping Low Profile In Mayoral Race

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is keeping a low profile and letting others attack, and respond to attacks by his political opponents.

09/16/2014

Cardinal Francis George joins several African-American religious leaders to voice opposition to proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Not Slowing Down While Undergoing Experimental Treatment

Francis Cardinal George is hoping to make his final visit to the Vatican as archbishop of Chicago in late November, CBS 2 has learned.

09/03/2014

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (Credit: CBS)

Lewis Walking Fine Line Between Labor Leader And Potential Mayoral Candidate

On the first day of school for CPS, Karen Lewis praised new programs or policies which led to better test scores, graduation rates and especially student safety, but claimed they were started long before Mayor Emanuel took office.

09/02/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Quinn, Rauner Disagree On How To Raise Minimum Wage In Illinois

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Metropolitan Planning Council.

08/28/2014

Douglas McArthur McCain.

Kirk: Passports Enable Homegrown Terrorist To Travel Freely

Douglas McCain, the Chicago-born ISIS fighter killed in Syria, apparently wasn’t alone.

08/27/2014

Karen Lewis

Karen Lewis “Seriously Considering” Mayoral Run

Potential mayoral candidates Alderman Bob Fioretti and CTU President Karen Lewis are holding events to assess interest in a potential run.

08/19/2014

Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, walks among demonstrators gathered along West Florissant Avenue on August 14, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Watching Unrest In Missouri; Could It Happen Here?

This week’s protests, which escalated to violent confrontations and looting, were triggered by the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager.

08/15/2014

Bruce Rauner, GOP candidate for Illinois governor, greets voters Thursday in Springfield. (CBS)

Rauner Courts Republican Party Leaders, Voters At State Fair

Businessman Bruce Rauner sought to mend any fences needing mending Thursday as GOP members gathered in Springfield Thursday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there.

08/14/2014

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