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.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez checks in with three recruits we first met in 2012.
Tyshawn Lee, 9, was targeted and executed in an alley last week because of his family’s alleged gang ties, police say.
Chicago Police are talking to a person of interest in the murder of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Sources say witnesses told investigators the boy appeared to be lured from a nearby park into the alley by a group using a basketball, reports CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez caught up with him before Game 3 and asked him about that hat.
A man whose body was found in a burning car in Chicago last week has been identified.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has telling surveillance video.
A mother, whose son was shot and killed by Chicago police four years ago is again calling for charges against the officers involved.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look a unique program that’s giving troubled youth new clothes and a new outlook on life.
One of the victims of gun violence this past weekend had attended a peace event the night before.
The man whose body was found in a Morgan Park home on Monday after an explosion and fire died from a gunshot wound to the head.
For the first time, a Willowbrook woman who was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted in her home is speaking out.
When we hear scorpion or wasp, most of us cringe at the thought of getting stung and that painful–sometimes deadly– venom, but some researchers believe that venom can actually save lives by fighting cancer.
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.