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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.

A package in a building vestibule. (CBS)

Post Office Workers Brave Cold To Deliver Christmas Gifts On Time

It’s Christmas Eve, and we all know that means Santa Claus is hard at work delivering gifts around the world, but he’s not the only one.

12/24/2013

Three family members were injured in a hit and run Sunday on the North Side. (CBS)

Three Family Members Hospitalized After North Side Hit-And-Run

Faseeh Biabani and his parents were injured Sunday on Devon Avenue. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/23/2013

Identical twins Kristen Maurer, left, and Kelly McCarthy. (CBS)

Identical Twins Fight Breast Cancer Together

Identical twins Kristen and Kelly have shared a special connection since birth. And these days, that connection is even stronger after the two battled breast cancer together. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/06/2013

This alligator was captured by authorities at O'Hare.

That’s No Alligator Bag At O’Hare Terminal — That’s An Alligator!

Yes, an alligator seemed to appear from nowhere in Terminal 3 at Chicago’s busiest airport on Friday. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

11/02/2013

Chicago Fire Department paramedic Frank Velez (CBS)

Paramedic Describes Being Attacked During Ambulance Run

Frank Velez was ready to transport a patient when two men across the street began “yelling at the ambulance with profanity,” he tells CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.

10/28/2013

Graffiti. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Fighting To Erase Increasing Amount Of Graffiti

Think you’re seeing more graffiti around Chicago? Well you’re not alone.

10/22/2013

Pet insurance costs money but may be worth it in the long run. (CBS)

Pet Insurance: Worth The Money?

With medical advancements, treatment for pets can easily run into the thousands. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez weighs the pros and cons.

10/18/2013

A handgun sits in the holster that belongs to a law enforcement officer during a news conference July 26, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The news conference was to announce a call for expanding background checks for firearm purchasers and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Police Union: NFL Ban On Guns Is ‘An Insult’ To Off-Duty Cops

As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, many officers are calling foul, and fan support for the policy is mixed.

10/14/2013

File Photo Of Ambulance (AP Photo)

Ambulances Lose Precious Seconds When Motorists Don’t Pull Over

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez rode along with Chicago paramedics to see what they’re up against.

09/23/2013

Members of the Chicago Police Department's Mounted Unit. (CBS)

Chicago’s Mounted Police Offer Versatility In The Field

The officers and their horses also patrol the Mag Mile, the Museum campus and some city parks year-round. They’re an amazing sight, but more than that, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

09/02/2013

A CTA bus approaches a stop. (CBS)

CTA Bus Driver Caught On Camera Driving While Distracted By Eating

A CTA bus driver whose hands should have been on the wheel instead had a cup in one hand and a spoon in the other.

08/27/2013

US Postal Service Posts 3.5 Billion Dollar Quarterly Loss

Post Office Suspends Service To Area After Carrier Is Attacked

An attack on a Chicago postal carrier has stopped mail delivery in one area of the Logan Square neighborhood.

CBS 2–08/09/2013

BlogHer hosts its 2013 convention at McCormick Place, drawing women in the blogging and social media industry. (CBS)

Blogging Convention For Women Draws Corporate Interest

(CBS) — For decades, companies have relied on TV, radio, magazines and billboards to advertise their products, but now many are turning to social media. And those companies are finding word of mouth is giving [...]

07/26/2013

Alison and Tio Hardiman. (Credit: CBS)

Wife Helping Tio Hardiman Get Career Back On Track

In their first TV interview together since the scandal broke, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman and his wife talk about the night he was arrested for beating her, why she dropped the charges, and the doubters.

07/10/2013

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Local Firefighters Prepare For Worst By Training With Fire Shelters

CBS 2s Mai Martinez has a look at what these fire shelters are and how they work.

07/01/2013

Ronda Wilkes has been delivering mail for nearly 10 years. (CBS)

New Program Sets Up Safe Havens For Postal Carriers Who Encounter Danger

U.S. Postal Inspectors and police say these days carriers face great potential harm in some Chicago neighborhoods. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

06/14/2013

Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik answers a question at the Stanley Cup Final Media Day. (Credit:CBS)

International Media Descend On United Center For Stanley Cup Final

As you might expect, media outlet from across the country are in Chicago to cover game one of the Stanley Cup Final, but you might be surprise by the number of international media.

06/11/2013

Breast Cancer Ribbon

Gene Flaws Common In Blacks With Breast Cancer

African American women have higher rates of breast cancer at younger ages, and their survival rates are lower than white women. Now researchers might have an idea why.

06/03/2013

CBS 2's Mai Martinez pats down a suspect after she "shoots" him during a police training exercise. (CBS)

Training Drill: Officers Learn When To Use Deadly Force, When To Hold Back

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez participates in a high-pressure police training exercise that puts officers in risky scenarios.

05/28/2013

A street surveillance camera seen on top of a light pole along a Chicago street (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Elgin Police Want To Unite Suburb’s Surveillance Cameras

The Boston Marathon bombings showed how quickly surveillance images can help identify suspects. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

05/24/2013

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