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.

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Former Top Cop Disagrees He Was Unavailable For Feds’ Review Of CPD

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says Garry McCarthy was “not available” to talk with her office. The former police superintendent says that’s “nonsense.”

01/13/2017

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Holiday Road Trips Will Be Crowded, With Higher Gas Prices

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talked to a few travelers.

12/23/2016

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Police Recruits Say They’re Eager To Serve Chicago Community

With tensions between police and some communities running high, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks to three recruits about why they wanted to become officers.

12/13/2016

Sister Ann Marie Cwick talks about the convent where she once lived, now a cancer treatment center. (CBS)

Gift Turns Chicago Convent Into Cancer Treatment Center

It was hard for Sister Ann Marie Cwick to believe her eyes as she toured the Center for Cancer and Specialty Care.

12/09/2016

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Waukegan Police: Weekend Confrontation With Suspects Was Textbook Example Of Restraint

An officer was dragged by a stolen car, but police did not fire at the vehicle for fear of striking passersby. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/06/2016

This video screen grab shows Waukegan officers confronting suspects in a stolen vehicle. (image provided to CBS)

Waukegan Police Officer Dragged By Stolen Vehicle

A witness was working across the street at his barber shop when he saw police officers, weapons drawn, surrounding a car. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/05/2016

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Organization Continues Drive To Give Bicycles To Special-Needs Children

Project Mobility surprises families each year. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports on how you can help the effort to buy adaptive bikes.

12/02/2016

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Plainfield Tragedy A Reminder About The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide

On Tuesday, investigators spent a second day at a Shelly Lane home trying to find out what caused a deadly carbon monoxide buildup that killed a mother and daughter.

11/22/2016

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Police Here On Alert After Spate Of Officer Shootings Across Nation

The latest wave of violence against police officers across the country is unnerving law enforcement here in the Chicago region.

11/21/2016

HCS Family Services is starting a food pantry at a Burr Ridge elementary school. (CBS)

Food Pantry Opens In Suburban Elementary School

More than 13 million children in the United States don’t know where their next meal will come from, and thousands of them live in the Chicago area. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

11/15/2016

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The South Side Shows Support For The Cubs

Bridgeport is home to the Chicago White Sox and many of their fans, but sprinkled in, here and there, are pockets of Cubbie blue.

11/01/2016

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Thieves Targeting Light Poles On Indiana Roadways For Copper Wire

Indiana State Police are on the lookout for thieves targeting light poles along roadways.

10/26/2016

Bob Uecker, broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, sings 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' during the seventh-inning stretch of a game between the Brewers and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 14, 2011. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Petition: Call Up Bob Uecker To Announce World Series

A former player, Uecker portrayed a Cleveland announcer in the popular 1989 film “Major League.” CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2016

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Wrigley’s ‘The Pink Hat Guy’ Has A Lot Invested In Saturday’s NLCS Game

A season-ticket holder since 1967, Jim Anixter is turning 72 on the day the Cubs may punch their ticket to the World Series. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2016

Terminally-ill Cook County inmate Ryan Hanley died in custody. He could not afford to bond out.

Terminally-Ill Inmate Dies In Police Custody; Couldn’t Afford To Bond Out

A terminally-ill Cook County Jail inmate died in custody. He, like hundreds of other low-level offenders, couldn’t afford to bond out.

10/18/2016

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Dash Cam Video Shows Deadly High-Speed Police Chase, Crash

Two of the suspects died in that crash. The four officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The chase and crash are still under investigation.

10/17/2016

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Money Is Missing After Death Of Former Food Pantry Exec

Maria Spaeth died June 21 shortly after resigning from the Kendall County Food Pantry, located 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

10/10/2016

Chicago police officers stand near the scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed and another 18-year-old man was shot and wounded on the 7300 block of South Sangamon Street on April 25, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Chicago Police Department To Add Nearly 1,000 Officers Over Next Two Years

The move would allow the department to fill nearly 470 existing vacancies, and add approximately 500 new officers over current authorized strength.

09/21/2016

15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr. (Facebook)

Body Found Burned In Austin Fire Identified As 15-Year-Old Boy

The body found burned Saturday in an alley in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood has been identified Tuesday as a teen boy.

09/20/2016

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Willie Wilson To Bail Out Cook County Inmates Who Can’t Afford Bond

He’s talking about inmates at the Cook County Jail booked on nonviolent, misdemeanor charges, who don’t have enough money to post bond.

09/13/2016

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