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.

Wrigley’s ‘The Pink Hat Guy’ Has A Lot Invested In Saturday’s NLCS Game

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.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2016

Terminally-Ill Inmate Dies In Police Custody; Couldn’t Afford To Bond Out

A terminally-ill Cook County Jail inmate died in custody. He, like hundreds of other low-level offenders, couldn’t afford to bond out.

10/18/2016

Dash Cam Video Shows Deadly High-Speed Police Chase, Crash

Two of the suspects died in that crash. The four officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. The chase and crash are still under investigation.

10/17/2016

Money Is Missing After Death Of Former Food Pantry Exec

Maria Spaeth died June 21 shortly after resigning from the Kendall County Food Pantry, located 50 miles southwest of Chicago.

10/10/2016

Chicago Police Department To Add Nearly 1,000 Officers Over Next Two Years

The move would allow the department to fill nearly 470 existing vacancies, and add approximately 500 new officers over current authorized strength.

09/21/2016

Body Found Burned In Austin Fire Identified As 15-Year-Old Boy

The body found burned Saturday in an alley in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood has been identified Tuesday as a teen boy.

09/20/2016

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.

09/13/2016

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.

09/07/2016

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

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

08/31/2016

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.

08/30/2016

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.

08/29/2016

PAWS Chicago Rescues Pets From Louisiana

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

08/26/2016

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.

08/22/2016

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.

08/08/2016

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.

08/04/2016

Chicago Official Downplays Threat Of Zika Transmission Here

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

07/29/2016

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

07/26/2016

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.

07/18/2016

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.

07/08/2016

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.

07/05/2016

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