Mai Martinez

martinez Mai MartinezMai Martinez co-anchors CBS 2 Chicago’s weekend evening newscasts and serves as general assignment reporter during the week. Martinez joined the CBS 2 Chicago team in May of 2006.

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Her work during the breaking news coverage of the Blue Line derailment in the summer of 2006 helped CBS 2 win a local Emmy award for Spot News.

Before working at CBS 2 Chicago, Martinez served as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WBRC-TV (FOX) in Birmingham, Alabama. While working for WBRC, Martinez spent eight weeks in Aruba covering the disappearance of Natalee Holloway for WBRC, Fox News Channel and CNN, often landing exclusive interviews. Her reports were picked up worldwide, and upon her return from Aruba, she continued to work as a frequent contributor to Fox News Channel.

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Before Birmingham, Martinez worked for WDSI-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a photographer, general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. It was the first on-air job for Martinez who until 2003 worked behind the scenes as a video editor.

Prior to deciding television was the path for her, Martinez worked in radio as co-host of “Chris and Mai in the Mornings,” the WOXR K-98 FM morning show in Oxford, Alabama.

Martinez, who is fluent in Spanish, graduated Cum Laude from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, with a B.A. in Communications and English and a minor in Spanish. She is half Cuban and half Vietnamese and enjoys volunteering her time to community organizations. Martinez is a proud member of both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Candidate’s Social Media Posting of ‘Stinky Feet’ Draws Backlash

Arthur Noah Siegel, who seeks a state House seat, briefly posted an image of a sleeping man on the L. Was it a slam on homeless people? CBS 2′ Mai Martinez reports.


Police: Crooks Stealing Rental Cars To Go On Crime Sprees

Hillside Police Det. Carlo Viscioni said rental cars are a popular target for criminals, because they aren’t reported stolen right away.


Freed Man ‘Trying To Move Forward’ After 23 Years In Prison

Derrell Fulton served nearly 24 years for a rape and murder he didn’t commit. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


DNA Testing Kits: How Accurate Are They?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez, who is of Cuban-Vietnamese heritage, had a few surprises.


School Bands Together To Help Fight Diabetes

Students at St. Linus School in Oak Lawn donated a dollar to sport everything from blue wigs to blue nail polish instead of their traditional school uniforms. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago School Hosts Veterans

It was the perfect day for veterans to teach students about service and sacrifice. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Elgin Man Charged With Killing Mother, Dumping Dismembered Body In Chicago

Brian Peck has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, 76-year-old Gail Peck.


Slain Northlake Officers Honored With Memorial

Sgt. John Nagle and Officer Anthony Perri were killed while responding to a bank robbery on Oct. 27, 1967.   


A Cancer Survivor’s Dream To Climb Mountain Comes True

It was a special reunion for cancer survivor Ken Brown and his doctor Malcolm Bilimoria. The last time the two saw each other was three weeks ago, climbing the highest mountain in Africa.


Mag Mile Purse Thieves Foiled

Suspects who stole two pricey handbags from a Louis Vuitton store on the Magnificent Mile were quickly captured after brief car and foot chases.


Fighting Diabetes, The ‘Silent Killer’

A recent study found three in 10 adults with Type 2 diabetes put off insulin treatments, for about two years.


Doctor: Assault Weapons Cause Catastrophic Injuries

In his 32 years at Stroger Hospital, Dr. Richard Keen has treated thousands of gunshot victims.


New U.S. Citizens Look Forward To Voting

Because naturalization ceremonies generally take place in courtrooms, Daley Plaza was designated a federal courtroom for Friday’s event.


Chicago Cop Who Shot At Car Full Of Teens Found Guilty

As a car full of teens reversed, Officer Marco Proano opened fire on it — emptying his clip of 16 bullets. Two of the teens were hit in the 2013 incident.


Trial Begins For Cop Who Fired At Car Full Of Teens

Marco Proano responded to a call for help from fellow officers in pursuit of a possible stolen car on Dec. 27, 2013. Proano opened fire on a vehicle, emptying his clip of 16 bullets.


More Disbelief Over Murder Charges Against NU Professor

Those who know Wyndham Lathem remember a man who was smiling and happy.     


NU Fires Murder-Suspect Professor

Wyndham Lathem and a British man were wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, 26.


Minorities Urged To Become Potential Organ Donors

The majority of people on the waiting list for organs are minorities, yet they are much less likely to donate their organs. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Woman Killed, Her 4-Year-Old Son Wounded, In Ambush Shooting

A 4-year-old boy was wounded, and his mother killed, in a shooting Friday night on Chicago’s West Side.


More Than 5,000 Illegal Guns Seized So Far In 2017: Chicago Police

Chicago Police Department officials say the city’s investment in crime-fighting technology is helping officers.



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