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.


Willie Wilson To Bail Out Cook County Inmates Who Can’t Afford Bond

He’s talking about inmates at the Cook County Jail booked on nonviolent, misdemeanor charges, who don’t have enough money to post bond.



Activists Offering $1K Reward For Tips On Suspect Who Shot, Robbed Man Watering Lawn

Activists ask anyone with information about the crime to call (800) U-TELLUS, or (800) 883-5587 where you can report it anonymously.


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FBI Reexamining Murder Case Of 13-Year-Old Indiana Girl

CBS2’s Mai Martinez reports on the renewed effort to solve the case.


Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

CPD Moves To Fire Van Dyke, 4 Other Cops In Laquan McDonald Case

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has filed administrative charges seeking to fire Officer Jason Van Dyke and four other police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.


Alante Williams, left, and Chicago Police Officer Vivian Williams. (CBS)

Chicago Cop Opens Her Heart And Home To Young Mom

Walking into Olive Harvey College as a freshman is a dream come true for Alante Williams, but she knows she didn’t get here on her own.



PAWS Chicago Rescues Pets From Louisiana

PAWS Chicago arrived Friday with dozens of cats and dogs from local shelters in Louisiana.


Lake County Sheriff Deputy Chief Dan Murchek rescued Bella from the flames of a burning vehicle on the Borman Expressway. (Source: Lake County Sheriff)

Hero Officer Rescues Dog From Burning Car In Indiana

As a car erupted in flames along a Northwest Indiana expressway, inside was some precious cargo.


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Emanuel Urges Public To Withhold Judgement In O’Neal Case Until Investigations Concluded

Protesters have demonstrated in the wake of the fatal police-involved shooting of suspect Paul O’Neal, 18. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.



Man Loses Wallet At Packed Concert Hall, Good Samaritan Tracks Him Down

Scott Barnes’ faith in humanity has been bolstered. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


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Chicago Official Downplays Threat Of Zika Transmission Here

Still, health officials aren’t taking any chances. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Tow officers come to the aid of a woman in need. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Chicago Officers Hailed For Touching Act Of Kindness

Two Chicago police officers are getting a lot of attention for a powerful picture on social media


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West Suburban Chief To Officers: ‘Stay Vigilant’

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez spent the day in west suburban Hillside to see how officers are coping.


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Hillside Cop: Best Way To Honor Dallas Officers Is ‘Do Your Job Best You Can’

For hundreds of thousands of police officers across the country, the ambush in Dallas was fresh on their minds as they put on their uniforms today.



Dog Lucky To Be Alive After Being Shot In Chicago

A dog is lucky to be alive after being shot last week, but he has a long road to recovery ahead of him, and his medical bills are mounting.


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Walt Disney’s Birthplace Being Restored, Turned Into Museum

When you think of Walt Disney, you probably think of places like Orlando and Anaheim because of his famous amusement parks, but he was born in Chicago, and his home is being turned into a museum.


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At South Deering Church, An Image Of The Virgin Mary Seen In Tree

Some residents in South Deering say they see the Virgin Mary.


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Chicago Area Mother Shot On Wisconsin Interstate

The man who opened fire on Tracy Czaczkowski’s vehicle Sunday was already wanted for shooting and killing a man earlier that day.



Sex Abuse Survivors: Don’t Keep Silent

Survivors of sexual assault and their supporters came together to raise awareness in a unique way, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


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Man Wrongly Locked Up For 24 Years Not Taking Freedom For Granted

So what’s the first 24-hours of freedom been like for Darryl Pinkinz? CBS 2’s Mai Martinez finds out in this Original Report.


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Water Fountains At Some Glenview Schools Had High Lead Levels

Most locations tested within acceptable lead levels set by the EPA, school officials in District 34 said. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.




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