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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.

Zachary Fardon, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

New U.S. Attorney Signals He’ll Help Chicago Combat Violence

Zach Fardon, a former assistant federal prosecutor, was sworn in Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

11/25/2013

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks Wishes Parents Were Alive To See Him Win Medal Of Freedom

Wednesday, two iconic Chicagoans will celebrate the 50th anniversary medals of freedom: Oprah Winfrey, and Mr. Cub himself, Ernie Banks.

11/19/2013

Oprah On CBS This Morning

Million Dollar Donation From Oprah Helped Save West Side School

Three years ago, Oprah publicly supported a school in South Africa with nearly a million dollars. Some Chicagoans asked what has she ever done for Chicago? Our schools? Our charities? It turns out quite a lot.

11/19/2013

Fans evacuate the stadium due to weather during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field on November 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. A fast-moving storm system that produced at least one tornado in Illinois has produced high winds and possible flash flooding. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Soldier Field Chief Would Do Some Things Differently With Stadium Evacuation

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine talks with the man who made the decision.

11/18/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Set For Mexico City Visit To Establish Sister City Partnership

The two-day mission inaugurates a sister city partnership, building on the strength of the ethnic and regional similarities both towns share.

11/13/2013

Former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas (right), with former mayoral candidate Gery Chico. (Credit/File Photo: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Vallas Pick A Surprise To Other Lieutenant Governor Contenders

Paul Vallas, the former Chicago School CEO and political candidate, will make his debut as Governor Pat Quinn’s 2014 running mate on Tuesday.

11/11/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Scaled-Down Gun Crimes Bill Expected To Pass In Springfield

A scaled back mandatory minimum sentencing bill is expected to sail through the Illinois General Assembly tomorrow.

11/06/2013

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Emanuel Renews High-Tech Push

The mayor will hit the road in search of the best and the brightest — as well as money to help get them started. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

11/04/2013

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Fires Workers In Blue Line Crash, ‘Stolen Time’ Sting

There was more disciplinary action handed down by the CTA Friday in two cases CBS 2 has been reporting on this week.

11/01/2013

Workers assess the damage to the Blue Line cars. (Credit: Richard Wyatt/WBBM Newsradio)

CTA Suspends Switchman In Sept. 30 Blue Line Crash

Union leaders are furious, claiming the CTA is simply looking for a scapegoat. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

10/31/2013

Video the CTA took from a hidden camera in a CTA facility on the Orange Line.

Employees Accuse CTA Of Placing Cameras In Worker Changing Rooms

The CTA admits it is using hidden cameras to crack down employees who should be working, but some employees say they are placing the cameras in places they shouldn’t be.

10/30/2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is on hand Thursday to counter Republican spin at the party's convention in Tampa, Fla. (CBS)

White House Takes Blame For Durbin Facebook Controversy

On his Facebook page, Durbin claimed one GOP congressman flat-out insulted the President and said, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

10/24/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Marriage Equality Advocates Pressure Lawmakers At State Capitol

In Springfield today, the beginning of the fall veto session, saw state lawmakers far outnumbered by those lobbying in support of one key issue before the legislature: marriage equality.

10/22/2013

Supporters of same-sex marriage marched through the Loop Monday. (CBS)

Marriage Equality Debate Divides Opinion Among Black Christians

Going into tomorrow’s veto session, the votes are split with at least part of the balance of power in the Black Caucus, which powerful ministers are trying to influence with their public statements and paid commercials.

10/21/2013

Marilyn Grimes (Provided by family)

Woman Attacked By Dogs May Lose Leg

A 64-year-old South Side woman remained in critical condition Saturday, a day after she and her pet Chihuahua were attacked by a neighbor’s pit bulls. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

10/19/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers May Take Up Pension Reform, Gun Control In Veto Session

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.

10/18/2013

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

Judge Orders TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Back To Jail

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.

10/16/2013

The smashed CTA Blue Line train before it was removed from the tracks on Tuesday night. (Credit: Photo provided to CBS)

NTSB: Runaway Blue Line Train Was Powered Up, Had Damaged Wiring

Dozens of passengers riding in a westbound Blue Line train were injured Monday morning when the runaway train hit it.

10/04/2013

The smashed CTA Blue Line train before it was removed from the tracks on Tuesday night. (Credit: Photo provided to CBS)

CTA, Feds Ready To Rule Out Sabotage In ‘Ghost Train’ Crash

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.

10/03/2013

A city worker installs a speed camera near Gompers Park. (Credit: CBS)

Is City Hall Banking On Speed Cameras To Balance The Budget?

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.

10/03/2013

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