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.

Chicago police officers Nick Malone, Melissa Burchett and Jose Rivera. (CBS)

Chicago Police Officers Share The Highs, Lows Of Their First Three Years On The Job

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez checks in with three recruits we first met in 2012.


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

Visitation Held For 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy Who Was Lured To His Death

Tyshawn Lee, 9, was targeted and executed in an alley last week because of his family’s alleged gang ties, police say.


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

Police Questioned Person Of Interest In Murder Of 9-Year-Old Boy

Chicago Police are talking to a person of interest in the murder of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


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

Sources: Murdered 9-Year-Old May Have Been Lured Into Alley

Sources say witnesses told investigators the boy appeared to be lured from a nearby park into the alley by a group using a basketball, reports CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.


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Why Does Cubs Fan Wear Pink Hat To Every Cub Game?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez caught up with him before Game 3 and asked him about that hat.

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One man escaped by pulling the trunk release from inside and ran away, but Dolton police say the other man remained bound and gagged in the trunk of a car.  (CBS)

Man Found Dead From Gunshot In Burning Car Identified

A man whose body was found in a burning car in Chicago last week has been identified.


One man escaped by pulling the trunk release from inside and ran away, but Dolton police say the other man remained bound and gagged in the trunk of a car.  (CBS)

Two Men Lured By Sex: One Escapes From Car Trunk, The Other Found Dead In Burned Vehicle

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has telling surveillance video.


Glora Pinex. (Credit: CBS)

Mother Alleges Cover-Up In Fatal Shooting Of Son During 2011 Traffic Stop

A mother, whose son was shot and killed by Chicago police four years ago is again calling for charges against the officers involved.


Chicago teens pick up clothing items donated from pro athletes. (Credit: CBS)

Home Team Closet Equips Teens In Clothes Fit For Pros

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look a unique program that’s giving troubled youth new clothes and a new outlook on life.


File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Getty Images)

Teen Attending Peace Rally, Fatally Shot Hours later

One of the victims of gun violence this past weekend had attended a peace event the night before.


Firefighters on the scene of a Morgan Park home explosion. (Credit: CBS)

Victim Inside Burned Morgan Park Home Had Been Shot

The man whose body was found in a Morgan Park home on Monday after an explosion and fire died from a gunshot wound to the head.


Melissa Schuster wants to share her story publicly to help others. (CBS)

Willowbrook Woman Survives Assault: ‘I Defeated Him. I’m Walking Away Alive’

For the first time, a Willowbrook woman who was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted in her home is speaking out.


Recent photo of an Asian predatory wasp (vespa velutina), a predator of honey bee hives, which has installed itself in several southrn regions of France.  (Photo credit should read JEAN HAXAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Wasp, Scorpion Venom Could Help In Fighting Cancer, Researchers Say

When we hear scorpion or wasp, most of us cringe at the thought of getting stung and that painful–sometimes deadly– venom, but some researchers believe that venom can actually save lives by fighting cancer.


Garbage is strewn at Touhy Herbert Park. (CBS)

Residents Say Gang Members Have Taken Over Neighborhood Park

One woman says sometimes she feels like a prisoner in her home. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Water faucet (CBS)

Africa’s Deadly Water Crisis: A Walk To Raise Awareness

Most of us don’t think twice about how we’ll get our water.


Video of Sandra Bland inside the Waller County Jail. (Credit: Waller County)

Video Of Sandra Bland Inside Texas Jail Released

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports the video was released in part to address theories about Bland’s death, including one that she was dead when her mugshot was taken.


Dog attack victim Marilyn Grimes. (Credit: CBS)

Dog Attack Victims Say Owners Not Punished Enough

We often hear of dog attacks, some even fatal. So what’s being done to stop attacks or punish the dogs’ owners?


Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy patrols a neighborhood Friday. (CBS)

Supt. McCarthy Tries To Stem Violence This Weekend

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was working a beat Friday, as his department sought to avoid the type of spike in deadly shootings that occurred last July Fourth weekend. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on preparations for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police To Work Overtime To Stem Violence During Fourth Of July Weekend

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is preparing.


Naperville's Riverwalk (CBS)

DuPage River Is Treacherous, Naperville Authorities Warn

The river is currently 4 to 7 feet above flood stage, and flowing rapidly in some areas. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.



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