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.
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.
On the second day of visitation for Francis Cardinal George, leaders from several different religions gathered to honor the retired archbishop who died last week.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine spoke with a bishops who was at the cardinal’s bedside when he died.
Francis Cardinal George was a son of the city’s Northwest Side, schooled at St. Pascal’s in Portage Park. He had an unusually early vision of his destiny. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine looks back on George’s career.
The final weekend of campaign 2015 found the two candidates for mayor racing all over the city, but both ended up in the same place Sunday night: Wrigley Field for Opening Night.
It is shaping up to be an expensive week for both candidates as they battle for supremacy of the TV air waves.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has returned from the Baltimore, Md. halfway house Jackson will call home for an undetermined amount of time.
Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from prison to a halfway house early Thursday morning, and his stay there may not last long.
Major reorganization and downsizing is underway at the Archdiocese of Chicago.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Jackson will be released from an Alabama federal prison camp sometime Thursday,
Another day, another major endorsement for mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia and once again it comes from the critical African American community.
The mayoral run-off campaign took an unexpected turn Monday, as one alderman hinted property tax increases are in the works no matter who’s elected.
Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock, once the toast of the town, courted by party leaders and powerbrokers, was confronted by reporters Monday about an ongoing ethics investigation about using taxpayer dollars on private planes.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of the Chicago mayoral race.
The president of a group opposing proposals to put President Barack Obama’s library on South Side park land is skeptical of a poll saying area residents support the project.
Ald. Bob Fioretti and businessman Willie Wilson are out of the mayoral race, but not without clout. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
There were plenty of winners and losers after Tuesday’s election, including many who weren’t even on the ballot.
At least 8 of the 50 aldermen will be new due to vacancies, deaths or remaps.