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.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says it’s anyone’s guess if the state’s pension crisis will finally get sorted out when lawmakers meet in Springfield for the fall veto session.
He wouldn’t talk, so it’s back to jail for TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau for refusing to reveal where he’s hidden millions in ill-gotten gains.
Dozens of passengers riding in a westbound Blue Line train were injured Monday morning when the runaway train hit it.
A CTA bulletin posted tonight in all train yards orders employees to isolate all defective cars and put chocks on all wheels to make sure they can’t move.
Newly introduced speed cameras may be the answer for Chicago city officials who struggling to plug a projected $300 million hole in the next budget. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Superintendent McCarthy has claimed that the assault on the park never would have happened if Illinois had tougher gun laws. If suspect Bryon Champ was in jail, he wouldn’t have been involved in the shooting which triggered the revenge attack.
Chicago’s top cop says tougher gun laws would help police curb violence. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
How are Chicago officials handling the fallout? Very carefully, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.
In a cover story in Jesuit publications around the world, including “America” here, the pope deals head-on with his reputation as being ultra-conservative. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
To use an academic analogy, it’s the difference between an “A” and an “Incomplete.” CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
While Kirk and Rush appeared unified in their support of the South Side area, they disagreed over the fundamental way to turn things around there.
There are new details on the size and the cost of special forces detailed to safe passage routes to protect Chicago Public School students on their way to and from school.
They’re fighting over whether the church is unfairly cutting off funds to immigrant groups because a coalition they belong to disagrees with the church on same-sex marriage. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
The Governor said there was no reason for lawmakers to go to court to reverse him. They could do it themselves.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’ll seek another term instead of running for Illinois governor next year.
The Quinn administration is pushing for new statewide fire safety requirements that would cost Chicago’s high rise residents hundreds of millions of dollars.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says it’s no surprise that Deb Mell is the frontrunner of 12 candidates.
CBS2′s Jay Levine goes behind the scenes of the Blackhawks parade; gets unprecedented access to security.
Eight days after being appointed to try to reach a compromise on pension reform, the House-Senate Conference committee met as a group for the first time today.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is taking a hard line when it comes to pension reform and refusing to budge from the deadline he set. The Governor tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that the bill better be on his desk July 9 or else.