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.
Chicago Police captain returned to work two months after being shot in a violent standoff two months ago that also left another officer injured.
Ever wonder what it’s like on the set of a CBS hit drama? Mai Martinez got to find out first hand when she was flown out to LA to play a part in Monday night’s episode of Scorpion.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports on why the CEO featured on Sunday night’s episode of Undercover Boss is especially cut out for the job.
With the milder temperatures, it was the perfect night for a parade and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival didn’t disappoint.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has an eye-opening look at the dangers lurking in apps.
For the first time, a south suburban woman talks about the morning a man broke into her home, tied her up and robbed her.
But The Centers for Disease Control says the lack of supply is due to a shipping delay and not an actual shortage of the vaccine. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
In the span of two weekends, human remains found at two homes. One in Chicago, the other in Indiana. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Detective Chris Ross and Capt. Ed Kulbida found themselves wounded and in the middle of Tuesday’s standoff between law enforcement and a 42-year-old Indiana fugitive. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Phone calls and texts that do not stop along with online tracking and spying, in this digital-age of smart phones and social media, domestic abusers have found new ways to stalk their victims. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has warning signs and ways to stay safe.
It’s a rare disorder with no cure and it strikes without warning, robbing little girls of their ability to walk, talk, eat and even breathe.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes us inside potentially life-saving training.
Elgin police say Latinos now make up roughly 45 percent of the city’s 110,000 residents. But that presence isn’t as well represented on Elgin’s police force. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Wednesday is Constitution Day and dozens of Chicagoans will be celebrating the birth of our nation for the first time as U.S. citizens as they were sworn in today in a special ceremony at Daley Plaza.
Some police agencies using the body cameras say they’ve seen dramatic drops in complaints against officers. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
There’s certainly a chill in the air making it feel a lot more like fall than summer and for kids getting ready to head back to school, it’s not exactly the end to the summer vacation they were hoping for.
More than 1,000 people showed up to a rally downtown Saturday to show support for Palestine. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports it started at Michigan and Congress at round 3 p.m.
A worker at O’Hare Airport is behind bars, accused of stealing items from active-duty military personnel. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Here in Chicago, families with loved ones overseas are also calling for an end to the violence. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
A 12-year-old girl from Palatine is going to the White House to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, her winning recipe has an Illinois connection.