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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.

Palestinian supporters at a rally downtown Saturday. (Credit: CBS)

More Than 1,000 Palestinian Supporters Rally Downtown

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.

07/26/2014

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O’Hare Thefts Against Military Personnel Has Some Asking: Why?

A worker at O’Hare Airport is behind bars, accused of stealing items from active-duty military personnel. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

07/25/2014

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Gaza Conflict Creates Tension, Fears For Relatives In Chicago

Here in Chicago, families with loved ones overseas are also calling for an end to the violence. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

07/21/2014

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Winning Soup Recipe Has Palatine Girl Headed To White House

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.

07/15/2014

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Police Gathering Evidence In Murder Of Gary Cop

Sources tell CBS 2 investigators are talking to people who were in contact with the suspected shooter the day officer Westerfield was killed.

07/08/2014

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Police Still Questioning Person Of Interest In Gary Cop’s Murder

Indiana investigators continue to question a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a veteran Gary Police officer, but still no charges.

07/07/2014

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Harsh Winter Was Tough On Butterfly Population, Study Says

A study released today points a finger at road salt. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

06/09/2014

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Don’t Be Fooled By Warm Weather — Lake Temps Remain Dangerously Cold

After two deadly accidents on the water last weekend, the Chicago Fire Department is reminding people of the hazards of cold water. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

06/06/2014

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Anti-Defamation League Calls On CPS To Take Action Against Anti-Semitic Bullying Online

The city’s Anti-Defamation League is calling for Chicago Public Schools to take action after a student was allegedly targeted by other students just because he’s Jewish.

05/27/2014

CBS 2's Mai Martinez taking part in firefighter training drills. (Credit: CBS)

Reporters Get First-Hand Look At Fire Department Training

The Chicago Fire Department opened its doors to the media Tuesday to give reporters a taste of what it’s like.

05/20/2014

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Landscapers Working Overtime To Repair Damage From Harsh Winter

It was a gorgeous spring day Monday, but the plants and flowers seem to be lagging behind.

05/19/2014

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Chicago Missionary Murdered In Haiti

George Knoop, 77, was stabbed to death Tuesday in his home in Haiti. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks with people who knew him.

05/16/2014

A pile of road salt that public works crews in northwest suburban McHenry will use on roads during the year's first snowstorm on Dec. 20, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Winter Leaves Behind Corrosion From Road Salt

After the brutal temperatures and nearly 80 inches of snow, many of us would like to forget this past winter, but we could be dealing with its side effects for years to come.

04/29/2014

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Median Home Prices In Chicago Rising

The median home price jumped 12.9 percent from $155,000 in March of last year to $175,000 this March.

04/22/2014

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Police Bicycle Patrols Cutting Crime In Neighborhoods

Bicycles aren’t just a fun way to get around this time of year, they’re also an effective crime-fighting tool, according to Chicago police.

04/18/2014

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Gang Problem Growing, Seeping Into Suburbs, Authorities Say

Grim statistics were at the heart of multi-state summit held Friday in Oak Brook. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/14/2014

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Railroad Worker Files Suit Claiming Co-Workers Taunted Him, Cut His Dreadlocks

For years, an Indiana man says he endured discrimination and harassment in his work place by white co-workers.

02/04/2014

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Chinese New Year Kicks Off In Chicago And Rest Of The World

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is welcoming the Year of the Wood Horse.

01/31/2014

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Indiana Police: Potholes May Have Led To Latest Road-Rage Shooting In Gary

The most recent shooting happened on westbound I-80/94, but the victim told police her first interaction with the shooter’s car took place down on 25th Avenue because of potholes.

01/20/2014

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Final Curtain Falls For Most Dominick’s Stores

The final day for stores in the closing chain is Saturday. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez visits one North Side location.

12/27/2013

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