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 Chicago vacation for a family from Tennessee almost ended in heartache this week, after Jodi Eastgate’s $15,000 wedding ring ended up in their hotel’s trash compactor, along with five tons of garbage.
After days of flooding, it’s something we’ve heard over and over again: Don’t drive through flood waters. But a school bus driver did just that Monday.
On election day, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez found some voters in Frankfort, IL who say someone is trying to shame them into voting.
William Tapes allegedly tried to hit an FBI agent with a car as he was trying to get away after stealing two hubcaps outside a Near West Side Jewel-Osco on Monday.
After a three-year hiatus, the parade returned last year with a zero tolerance policy for drunks. As CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports, organizers say expect the same crackdown this year.
A CTA bus driver is recovering tonight after being robbed on the job by a man using a stun gun. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez talks with a Good Samaritan who helped the injured woman.
A dog was rescued last week along Chicago’s icy lakefront, but sometimes people aren’t so lucky. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.
Friday’s graduation marked the realization of a dream for 53 Chicago police officers. Among them was 28-year-old Jose Rivera, Jr. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.
CBS 2 received an e-mail from one Chicago mother about ”great compassion” and ”a wonderful woman” who helped them and how it was all ”truly touching.”
Police are searching for a man who robbed a Subway sandwich shop in the Loop on Monday morning.
Elgin pawn shops, gold resellers and similar businesses are now required to use Leads Online to enter information about customers and items they’re pawning or selling. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.
Here in Chicago, similar acts of kindness happen every day without the fanfare. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.
CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports some Chicago officers are stepping up to ease the burden of their New York counterparts, in the wake of Super Storm Sandy.
It’s a disturbing allegation of bullying in a suburban school. The person accused of doing the bullying is not a student, it’s the principal of the school.
The presidency isn’t the only race democrats and republicans have their eyes on. With control of Congress also on the line, some hotly contested congressional races are also drawing a lot of attention.
The suspect may have gotten away with the cash, but surveillance cameras captured his every move. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.
CBS 2 has learned a Chicago police officer is being investigated for allegedly supplying a group of minors with marijuana while he was off-duty.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez went on patrol Friday night to see just what officers are up against and how they’re fighting it.
As the numbers of murders and shootings in Chicago continue to rise, the cries for more police officers have been getting louder.
There are no reported meningitis cases in Illinois, but as CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports, hundreds of patients at three Chicago-area facilities are being warned.