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.

Carjackers Target Off-Duty Police Officer, Flee After Shootout

Carjackers targeted a black BMW in the Ashburn neighborhood Friday morning, but what they didn’t know was the driver of the SUV was an armed off-duty Chicago police officer.


Crisis Responder: Stabbing Suspect Previously Arrested 98 Times; This Could Have Been Prevented

The family of murder victim Miguel Beedle wants to know why the man accused of stabbing him to death in a River North alley wasn’t already behind bars. Prior to last month’s murder, that suspect had been arrested nearly 100 times.


Child Wandering Alone In Northwest Indiana In Protective Custody

It took an entire day for a family member to come forward to claim the child who police say is between three and four years old.


Pencils For Puerto Rico

Some students in Puerto Rico lost everything, including school supplies. Local students knew exactly what to send them.


Using De-Escalation Tactics To Take Down A Suspect

“We teach officers how to slow down, to identify red flags of crisis.”


Teen Sets Up ‘Free Wash Day’ For Those In Need

Mama’s Coin Laundry Cleaners in Riverdale isn’t exactly your typical spring break destination.


A Lot To Smile About

While Star Wars characters entertain him, it’s real life heroes that inspire him.


Genetic Test Called A “Game Changer”

His mother says it took seven years and eight medications to get to this point.


Aon Center

Would You Ride A Glass Elevator 1,000 Feet Up?

The Aon Center may build an observation deck with an exterior lift to bring tourists more than 80 floors into the sky. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Passengers Cool Their Jets At O’Hare

The snow is creating travel headaches for people out flying in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.


Candidate’s Social Media Posting of ‘Stinky Feet’ Draws Backlash

Arthur Noah Siegel, who seeks a state House seat, briefly posted an image of a sleeping man on the L. Was it a slam on homeless people? CBS 2′ Mai Martinez reports.


Police: Crooks Stealing Rental Cars To Go On Crime Sprees

Hillside Police Det. Carlo Viscioni said rental cars are a popular target for criminals, because they aren’t reported stolen right away.


Freed Man ‘Trying To Move Forward’ After 23 Years In Prison

Derrell Fulton served nearly 24 years for a rape and murder he didn’t commit. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


DNA Testing Kits: How Accurate Are They?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez, who is of Cuban-Vietnamese heritage, had a few surprises.


School Bands Together To Help Fight Diabetes

Students at St. Linus School in Oak Lawn donated a dollar to sport everything from blue wigs to blue nail polish instead of their traditional school uniforms. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago School Hosts Veterans

It was the perfect day for veterans to teach students about service and sacrifice. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Elgin Man Charged With Killing Mother, Dumping Dismembered Body In Chicago

Brian Peck has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, 76-year-old Gail Peck.


Slain Northlake Officers Honored With Memorial

Sgt. John Nagle and Officer Anthony Perri were killed while responding to a bank robbery on Oct. 27, 1967.   


A Cancer Survivor’s Dream To Climb Mountain Comes True

It was a special reunion for cancer survivor Ken Brown and his doctor Malcolm Bilimoria. The last time the two saw each other was three weeks ago, climbing the highest mountain in Africa.


Mag Mile Purse Thieves Foiled

Suspects who stole two pricey handbags from a Louis Vuitton store on the Magnificent Mile were quickly captured after brief car and foot chases.



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