Mai 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.
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.
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.
One woman says sometimes she feels like a prisoner in her home. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Most of us don’t think twice about how we’ll get our water.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports the video was released in part to address theories about Bland’s death, including one that she was dead when her mugshot was taken.
We often hear of dog attacks, some even fatal. So what’s being done to stop attacks or punish the dogs’ owners?
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was working a beat Friday, as his department sought to avoid the type of spike in deadly shootings that occurred last July Fourth weekend. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is preparing.
The river is currently 4 to 7 feet above flood stage, and flowing rapidly in some areas. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Sen. Mark Kirk’s derogatory word for a woman has ignited a political firestorm, and despite his apology, the issue isn’t going away.
Welcome to Lee’s Barber Shop in Naperville. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
The individual was taken into custody about a block away from where Maria Herrera, 48, and her son, 22-year-old Carlos, were found dead Thursday on the Southwest Side.
It was a busy weekend for a pair of burglars targeting restaurants on the North Side.
Two men who went above and beyond to help arrest a dangerous suspect received a special honor Tuesday from the board of the Chicago Police Memorial Fund.
Chicagoans from 14 to 24 have until Friday to apply for the One Summer Chicago program. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Dog attacks can be vicious, even deadly, and every year thousands of adults and children become victims. Last year in Cook County there were nearly 5,000.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at the dresses and the message they might be sending.
Another honor today for a young cancer patient fighting the fight of her life: Emily Beazley and her sister became honorary Chicago Police Officers.
Francis Cardinal George grew up on Chicago’s Northwest Side and was eventually ordained at St. Pascal’s in Portage Park.
As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, the feds say he stole drugs from police evidence and then sold them.
The revelation came to light Friday as the president of the University of Oklahoma revealed new details of the investigation into use of the chant at his college. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Social media and bullying can be a volatile combination. Author and journalist Carrie Goldman has studied the issue for five years.