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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.

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Could Be Out Of Federal Prison Much Sooner Than Expected

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on how the ex-congressman’s move to a different prison could affect his exit date.

04/05/2014

Cardinal Francis George in Rome (CBS)

Cardinal Hopes Doctors Will Allow Him To Attend Canonizations In Rome

The head of Chicago’s Catholic Church tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine his physicians are not keen on letting him take a long trip while he’s being treated for cancer.

04/03/2014

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Donations Pour In For Rauner, Quinn

Both Candidates in the 2014 Illinois race for governor are building up their political war chests.

03/31/2014

This CTA train smashed into the escalator on Monday morning at the O'Hare station. (Credit: CBS)

Blame Game Between CTA, Union Continues In Wake Of O’Hare Train Crash

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.

03/28/2014

A stunt-double for Gov. Pat Quinn mocks the incumbent over income-tax policy. (Jay Levine/CBS)

Rauner Camps Sends ‘Quinnochio’ Character To Mock Quinn

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.

03/27/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Budget Expected To Keep Spending Flat, Provide Middle-Class Tax Relief

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.

03/25/2014

Cardinal Francis George speaks during a mass celebrating the 50th wedding anniversaries of 400 couples, at Holy Name Cathedral. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Released From Hospital

Cardinal George is expected to be released from the hospital a week after being admitted after suffering flu-like symptoms.

03/21/2014

Jim Oberweis, a U.S. Senate candidate, talks with CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine. (CBS)

Oberweis Was In Florida For Wife’s Birthday Instead Of Campaigning For Senate

His GOP opponent wants to know why Jim Oberweis went AWOL just days before the primary. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

03/14/2014

Kirk Dillard

Dillard Catching Up To Rauner In GOP Primary

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.

03/12/2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses new nursing education programs at a news conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Emanuel Pitches Chicago At SXSW

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.

03/11/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Two Years After Stroke, Sen. Kirk Making Strides

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine visits with Mark Kirk in Washington and asks: How’s it going?

03/03/2014

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

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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

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