Mai 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.
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.
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 season-ticket holder since 1967, Jim Anixter is turning 72 on the day the Cubs may punch their ticket to the World Series. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
A terminally-ill Cook County Jail inmate died in custody. He, like hundreds of other low-level offenders, couldn’t afford to bond out.
Two of the suspects died in that crash. The four officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The chase and crash are still under investigation.
Maria Spaeth died June 21 shortly after resigning from the Kendall County Food Pantry, located 50 miles southwest of Chicago.
The move would allow the department to fill nearly 470 existing vacancies, and add approximately 500 new officers over current authorized strength.
The body found burned Saturday in an alley in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood has been identified Tuesday as a teen boy.
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 ask anyone with information about the crime to call (800) U-TELLUS, or (800) 883-5587 where you can report it anonymously.
CBS2’s Mai Martinez reports on the renewed effort to solve the 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.
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 arrived Friday with dozens of cats and dogs from local shelters in Louisiana.
As a car erupted in flames along a Northwest Indiana expressway, inside was some precious cargo.
Protesters have demonstrated in the wake of the fatal police-involved shooting of suspect Paul O’Neal, 18. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Scott Barnes’ faith in humanity has been bolstered. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Still, health officials aren’t taking any chances. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Two Chicago police officers are getting a lot of attention for a powerful picture on social media
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez spent the day in west suburban Hillside to see how officers are coping.
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.
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.