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.

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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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Police: Thief Targeting Near North Side Parking Garages

The suspect wasn’t caught in the act, but he was caught on camera.

02/23/2016

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Suspect Arrested In Beauty Salon Burglary Spree

Alan Konwinski, 26, was arrested in Northbrook Monday. As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, he’s allegedly one of the thieves responsible for more than 80 salon break-ins.

02/19/2016

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Police Investigating Graffiti In Murder Of Aaren O’Connor

Some, including O’Connor’s boyfriend, wonder if it could lead to her killer.

02/16/2016

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Zika Virus Could Put Strain Blood Supply As Potential Donors Turned Away

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talked with one of the largest blood banks in our area about the impact on Chicagoland.

02/09/2016

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Stray Bullet Claims Life Of Chicago Woman, 25

Aaren O’Connor was sitting in her car in the Pilsen neighborhood when she was struck Friday. She died over the weekend, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/08/2016

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Prospect High School Reels Over Child-Porn Allegations Against Parent

Ron Godby, 53, is a cop and the father of a student and often photographed school events.

02/05/2016

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Suburban Woman Raises Money So Man Who Lives In Car Can Stay In Hotel

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez went to Crystal Lake to meet the man and the woman he calls his guardian angel.

01/18/2016

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What If Powerball Winner Donated Jackpot To Chicago?

The jackpot for Wednesday night’s Powerball has jumped to $1.5 billion and that has a lot of us dreaming. But hypothetically, what if the winner decided to give all that money to the city of Chicago? How would they want it spent?

01/12/2016

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