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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.

Dan Rutherford

Rutherford Stands Firm, Won’t Release Harassment Report

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says the independent report — costing taxpayers $18,000 — is likely missing a key element.

02/21/2014

GOP gubernatorial candidates at a debate in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Debate In Springfield

Republican gubernatorial candidates took turns attacking-front runner Bruce Rauner in Springfield Tuesday night, in the second of five scheduled full field GOP debates.

02/18/2014

Ed Michalowski talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Rutherford Accuser Defends Lawsuit Timing, Says There’s ‘No Grace Period’ For Misconduct

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.

02/14/2014

rauner rutherford

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Continue Barrage Of Attack Ads

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.

02/12/2014

Former Mayor Richard Daley speaks publicly for the first time about the death of his wife, Maggie, and about life after leaving City Hall, during a reception at the law office where he is of counsel. (Credit: CBS)

Daley Hospitalization, Tests Continue

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.

02/03/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Silent On How State Would Pay For Added Preschool

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?

01/30/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn’s State Of The State Address To Focus On Opportunity, Education

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.

01/28/2014

Several vehicles were involved in an accident on Interstate 94 in Michigan City. (Credit: Amy Koza)

Poor Driving Conditions Raise Safety Questions

The continued poor driving conditions around the area continue to raise questions about safety.

01/27/2014

Several vehicles were involved in an accident on Interstate 94 in Michigan City. (Credit: Amy Koza)

Blame Game Begins, As Investigators Probe Cause Of I-94 Wreck

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.

01/24/2014

A Canadian National freight train idles on Wisconsin Central railroad tracks near Rosemont, Illinois. (File photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Emanuel, Other Mayors Support Safety Fee On Hazardous Rail Shipments

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.

01/23/2014

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Documents Reveal Knowledge Cardinals Had Of Priest Sex Abuse

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.

01/22/2014

Holy Name Cathedral (CBS)

Attorneys Promise Bombshells In Release Of Church Sex-Abuse Documents

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.

01/20/2014

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Rail Partner: Service Meltdown Won’t Happen Again

Both the Union Pacific and Metra stressed that Friday’s meeting was meant to explain — not justify — what happened earlier this month. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

01/17/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left); U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon (CBS)

U.S. Attorney, Mayor Signal More Cooperation In Fighting Street Violence

For the first time in a while, both parties appear to be on the same page, if you take them at their word, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

01/09/2014

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 Letter On Sex Abuse Cases To Appear In Sunday Church Bulletins

A letter from Francis Cardinal George on sex abuse cases by Chicago area priests will appear in church bulletins throughout the Archdiocese on Sunday.

01/07/2014

A Chicago snow plow patrols city streets early Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of flakes on Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Snow Removal Costs Piling Up For Chicago, Suburbs

If local officials’ New Year’s resolutions included living within their snow removal budgets, they may have to think again. With the new year only seven days old, many have already burned through to good portion of their budgets.

01/07/2014

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, center, addresses the media Monday; Mayor Emanuel is on the right. (CBS)

CPS Boss Defends Reversal On Cold-Related School Closings, Downplays Union Backlash

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks city officials why they back-tracked on earlier plans to keep schools open during this week’s subzero temperatures.

01/06/2014

The sign for Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. (CBS)

Bronzeville, Ravenswood Neighborhoods, Several Others, Missing From New Chicago Map

More than a dozen distinct residential areas no longer exist and have been absorbed by other neighborhoods, according to a new map posted on the city of Chicago’s website. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks: What’s going on?

12/20/2013

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Mayor Emanuel Not A Fan Of Term Limits, An Issue In Gubernatorial Race

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine got Rahm Emanuel to weigh in on the term-limit debate triggered by gubernatorial candidates this week.

12/19/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

Labor Official Blamed As CTA Gets Ready To Lay Off Ex-Offenders

With tempers flaring and voices raised, the battle over 65 so-called “second chance” jobs for ex-offenders was intensified Thursday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

12/12/2013

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