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.

Couple Robbed At Gunpoint In Humboldt Park

The couple was traumatized by the robbery, but they are counting their blessings it wasn’t worse. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

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Chicago Inmate Freed From Jail After 23 Years

After fighting for his freedom for more than two decades, Roberto Almodovar walked out of the Cook County Jail Friday afternoon a free man.

04/14/2017

CPD On ShotSpotter Sensors: ‘We Want To Replicate That Success’

Chicago Police say shootings dropped in two districts in March — and they credit that drop, in part, to new strategies and technology.

04/12/2017

Facebook Rape Victim Threatened With Dog Attack, Prosecutor Says In Juvenile Court

Disturbing new details emerged in court Tuesday of a teen girl’s sexual assault that was viewed on Facebook Live last month.

04/04/2017

Mom Sees Disturbing Facebook Live Video Of Missing Daughter

The video that she says shows her daughter in various stages of undress with several young men. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

03/20/2017

Aurora Cops Help Girl, Grandmother Move To Nicer Apartment

It’s moving day for Sheila Jackson, but she doesn’t have to do any of the heavy lifting.

02/22/2017

Democrat Chris Kennedy To Run For Illinois Governor

It is Democratic businessman’s first run at an elected office, but as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, Chris Kennedy says he’s ready for the job.

02/08/2017

Hillside CarMax Hit Twice In Two Days By Car Thieves

Targeted car dealerships is becoming a trend among Chicago street gangs, according to Hillside police.

02/07/2017

Lindsey Graham Calls Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims ‘Inappropriate’

The White House provided no evidence to support the allegation that millions voted illegally in the election.

01/24/2017

Latest Target Of Mean Tweeting: Donald Trump’s 10-Year-Old Son

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez asks an expert why lines are crossed on social media.

01/23/2017

Former Chicago Police Superintendent Heaps More Scorn On DOJ Report

Garry McCarthy is offering additional criticism about the federal report released last week that slams CPD for civil-rights violations.

01/17/2017

Chicago’s Former Top Cop Disagrees He Was Unavailable For Feds’ Review Of CPD

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says Garry McCarthy was “not available” to talk with her office. The former police superintendent says that’s “nonsense.”

01/13/2017

Holiday Road Trips Will Be Crowded, With Higher Gas Prices

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talked to a few travelers.

12/23/2016

Police Recruits Say They’re Eager To Serve Chicago Community

With tensions between police and some communities running high, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks to three recruits about why they wanted to become officers.

12/13/2016

Gift Turns Chicago Convent Into Cancer Treatment Center

It was hard for Sister Ann Marie Cwick to believe her eyes as she toured the Center for Cancer and Specialty Care.

12/09/2016

Waukegan Police: Weekend Confrontation With Suspects Was Textbook Example Of Restraint

An officer was dragged by a stolen car, but police did not fire at the vehicle for fear of striking passersby. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/06/2016

Waukegan Police Officer Dragged By Stolen Vehicle

A witness was working across the street at his barber shop when he saw police officers, weapons drawn, surrounding a car. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/05/2016

Organization Continues Drive To Give Bicycles To Special-Needs Children

Project Mobility surprises families each year. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports on how you can help the effort to buy adaptive bikes.

12/02/2016

Plainfield Tragedy A Reminder About The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide

On Tuesday, investigators spent a second day at a Shelly Lane home trying to find out what caused a deadly carbon monoxide buildup that killed a mother and daughter.

11/22/2016

Police Here On Alert After Spate Of Officer Shootings Across Nation

The latest wave of violence against police officers across the country is unnerving law enforcement here in the Chicago region.

11/21/2016

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