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.

Indiana State Police are on the lookout for thieves targeting lightpoles along roadways. | CBS

Thieves Targeting Light Poles On Indiana Roadways For Copper Wire

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


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.

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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.


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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.


Kendall County Food Pantry (CBS)

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.


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.


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.



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.



Activists Offering $1K Reward For Tips On Suspect Who Shot, Robbed Man Watering Lawn

Activists ask anyone with information about the crime to call (800) U-TELLUS, or (800) 883-5587 where you can report it anonymously.


Alexandra Anaya

FBI Reexamining Murder Case Of 13-Year-Old Indiana Girl

CBS2’s Mai Martinez reports on the renewed effort to solve the case.


Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

CPD Moves To Fire Van Dyke, 4 Other Cops In Laquan McDonald Case

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has filed administrative charges seeking to fire Officer Jason Van Dyke and four other police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.


Alante Williams, left, and Chicago Police Officer Vivian Williams. (CBS)

Chicago Cop Opens Her Heart And Home To Young Mom

Walking into Olive Harvey College as a freshman is a dream come true for Alante Williams, but she knows she didn’t get here on her own.



PAWS Chicago Rescues Pets From Louisiana

PAWS Chicago arrived Friday with dozens of cats and dogs from local shelters in Louisiana.


Lake County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dan Murchek rescued Bella from the flames of a burning vehicle on the Borman Expressway. (Source: Lake County Sheriff)

Hero Officer Rescues Dog From Burning Car In Indiana

As a car erupted in flames along a Northwest Indiana expressway, inside was some precious cargo.


Paul O'Neal (Photo courtesy O'Neal family)

Emanuel Urges Public To Withhold Judgement In O’Neal Case Until Investigations Concluded

Protesters have demonstrated in the wake of the fatal police-involved shooting of suspect Paul O’Neal, 18. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.



Man Loses Wallet At Packed Concert Hall, Good Samaritan Tracks Him Down

Scott Barnes’ faith in humanity has been bolstered. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


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Chicago Official Downplays Threat Of Zika Transmission Here

Still, health officials aren’t taking any chances. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Tow officers come to the aid of a woman in need. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Chicago Officers Hailed For Touching Act Of Kindness

Two Chicago police officers are getting a lot of attention for a powerful picture on social media


Sgt. Carlo Viscioni of Hillside (CBS)

West Suburban Chief To Officers: ‘Stay Vigilant’

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez spent the day in west suburban Hillside to see how officers are coping.



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