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.

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.

10/20/2017

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.

10/06/2017

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.

09/29/2017

Doctor: Assault Weapons Cause Catastrophic Injuries

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

09/22/2017

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.

09/15/2017

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.

08/28/2017

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.

08/22/2017

More Disbelief Over Murder Charges Against NU Professor

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

08/08/2017

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.

08/07/2017

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.

08/01/2017

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.

07/28/2017

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.

07/24/2017

Authorities Unveil Federal-City Gun Task Force

ATF agents will work with the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Bureau to combat gun violence in the city. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

06/30/2017

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the witness stand at a hearing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

Officer Van Dyke Takes Stand In Laquan McDonald Hearing

Some statements made by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke — made the night Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times – are admissible as evidence, a judge ruled.

06/28/2017

Video Of Man Berating Muslim Teens Part Of Disturbing Trend, Advocate Says

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin listened intently Friday as Mai Ahmad talked about what happened to her and some friends Monday night inside a Pepe’s Mexican restaurant in Hickory Hills.

06/09/2017

Suspect Exposes Himself To Girls: Chicago Police

A string of incidents may be related, Chicago police say.

06/05/2017

Parts Of Jewish Cemetery Constantly Flooded, Visitor Says

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez pays a visit to Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in Forest Park to see for herself.

05/18/2017

Woman Charged With Murder After Ramming Cop’s Daughter Into Tree

Chynna Stapleton was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Tatyanna Lewis.

05/15/2017

Judge Calls Suspect In Cop Shooting ‘Threat To Community,’ Denies Bond

Angel Gomez, who is charged in connection with the shooting of two Chicago Police officers last week, was denied bond Monday.

05/08/2017

Wrongfully Convicted Man Celebrates First Year Of Freedom

Darryl Pinkins appreciates the simple things in life and even dabbles in social media. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

04/25/2017

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