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.

Doctor: Assault Weapons Cause Catastrophic Injuries

In his 32 years at Stroger Hospital, Dr. Richard Keen has treated thousands of gunshot victims.


New U.S. Citizens Look Forward To Voting

Because naturalization ceremonies generally take place in courtrooms, Daley Plaza was designated a federal courtroom for Friday’s event.


Chicago Cop Who Shot At Car Full Of Teens Found Guilty

As a car full of teens reversed, Officer Marco Proano opened fire on it — emptying his clip of 16 bullets. Two of the teens were hit in the 2013 incident.


Trial Begins For Cop Who Fired At Car Full Of Teens

Marco Proano responded to a call for help from fellow officers in pursuit of a possible stolen car on Dec. 27, 2013. Proano opened fire on a vehicle, emptying his clip of 16 bullets.


More Disbelief Over Murder Charges Against NU Professor

Those who know Wyndham Lathem remember a man who was smiling and happy.     


NU Fires Murder-Suspect Professor

Wyndham Lathem and a British man were wanted in connection with the stabbing death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, 26.


Minorities Urged To Become Potential Organ Donors

The majority of people on the waiting list for organs are minorities, yet they are much less likely to donate their organs. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Woman Killed, Her 4-Year-Old Son Wounded, In Ambush Shooting

A 4-year-old boy was wounded, and his mother killed, in a shooting Friday night on Chicago’s West Side.


More Than 5,000 Illegal Guns Seized So Far In 2017: Chicago Police

Chicago Police Department officials say the city’s investment in crime-fighting technology is helping officers.


Authorities Unveil Federal-City Gun Task Force

ATF agents will work with the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Bureau to combat gun violence in the city. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the witness stand at a hearing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

Officer Van Dyke Takes Stand In Laquan McDonald Hearing

Some statements made by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke — made the night Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times – are admissible as evidence, a judge ruled.


Video Of Man Berating Muslim Teens Part Of Disturbing Trend, Advocate Says

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin listened intently Friday as Mai Ahmad talked about what happened to her and some friends Monday night inside a Pepe’s Mexican restaurant in Hickory Hills.


Suspect Exposes Himself To Girls: Chicago Police

A string of incidents may be related, Chicago police say.


Parts Of Jewish Cemetery Constantly Flooded, Visitor Says

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez pays a visit to Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in Forest Park to see for herself.


Woman Charged With Murder After Ramming Cop’s Daughter Into Tree

Chynna Stapleton was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Tatyanna Lewis.


Judge Calls Suspect In Cop Shooting ‘Threat To Community,’ Denies Bond

Angel Gomez, who is charged in connection with the shooting of two Chicago Police officers last week, was denied bond Monday.


Wrongfully Convicted Man Celebrates First Year Of Freedom

Darryl Pinkins appreciates the simple things in life and even dabbles in social media. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Couple Robbed At Gunpoint In Humboldt Park

The couple was traumatized by the robbery, but they are counting their blessings it wasn’t worse. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago Inmate Freed From Jail After 23 Years

After fighting for his freedom for more than two decades, Roberto Almodovar walked out of the Cook County Jail Friday afternoon a free man.


CPD On ShotSpotter Sensors: ‘We Want To Replicate That Success’

Chicago Police say shootings dropped in two districts in March — and they credit that drop, in part, to new strategies and technology.




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