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.

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.

08/22/2016

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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.

08/08/2016

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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.

08/04/2016

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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.

07/29/2016

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

07/26/2016

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.

07/18/2016

Hillside Police Sgt. Carlo Viscioni (CBS)

Hillside Cop: Best Way To Honor Dallas Officers Is ‘Do Your Job Best You Can’

For hundreds of thousands of police officers across the country, the ambush in Dallas was fresh on their minds as they put on their uniforms today.

07/08/2016

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Dog Lucky To Be Alive After Being Shot In Chicago

A dog is lucky to be alive after being shot last week, but he has a long road to recovery ahead of him, and his medical bills are mounting.

07/05/2016

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Walt Disney’s Birthplace Being Restored, Turned Into Museum

When you think of Walt Disney, you probably think of places like Orlando and Anaheim because of his famous amusement parks, but he was born in Chicago, and his home is being turned into a museum.

06/24/2016

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At South Deering Church, An Image Of The Virgin Mary Seen In Tree

Some residents in South Deering say they see the Virgin Mary.

06/07/2016

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Chicago Area Mother Shot On Wisconsin Interstate

The man who opened fire on Tracy Czaczkowski’s vehicle Sunday was already wanted for shooting and killing a man earlier that day.

05/02/2016

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Sex Abuse Survivors: Don’t Keep Silent

Survivors of sexual assault and their supporters came together to raise awareness in a unique way, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

04/29/2016

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Man Wrongly Locked Up For 24 Years Not Taking Freedom For Granted

So what’s the first 24-hours of freedom been like for Darryl Pinkinz? CBS 2’s Mai Martinez finds out in this Original Report.

04/26/2016

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Water Fountains At Some Glenview Schools Had High Lead Levels

Most locations tested within acceptable lead levels set by the EPA, school officials in District 34 said. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

04/22/2016

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New Facebook System Describes Photos To People Who Are Blind

What’s it like to hear the new automated descriptions? CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks with two Facebook users about their experience.

04/18/2016

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Interim Police Supt. Eddie Johnson Moves Closer To Getting Job Permanently

As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, the City Council is essentially allowing the mayor to sidestep the current police board selection process.

04/12/2016

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Electrode Cap Helping Keep Man’s Brain Tumor At Bay

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks to the man who says it’s given him a new lease on life.

04/11/2016

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Dozens Shave Their Heads To Raise Money To Fight Cancer

Dozens of people showed their support in the fight against cancer by shaving their heads for the annual St Baldrick’s event.

03/13/2016

Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood. (courtesy: Karla Lee)

Police: ‘Executioner’ Of Tyshawn Lee Has Been Identified

The fourth-grader had been lured into an alley at 80th and Damen and executed Nov. 2, authorities say, because of his father’s gang ties.

03/07/2016

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Prosecutors: Convicted Felon Caught Impersonating Chicago Police Officer

He wore a Chicago Police uniform, had a gun, badge and bullet-proof vest, but police say he’s not an officer.

02/29/2016

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