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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.

Ronda Wilkes has been delivering mail for nearly 10 years. (CBS)

New Program Sets Up Safe Havens For Postal Carriers Who Encounter Danger

U.S. Postal Inspectors and police say these days carriers face great potential harm in some Chicago neighborhoods. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.

06/14/2013

Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik answers a question at the Stanley Cup Final Media Day. (Credit:CBS)

International Media Descend On United Center For Stanley Cup Final

As you might expect, media outlet from across the country are in Chicago to cover game one of the Stanley Cup Final, but you might be surprise by the number of international media.

06/11/2013

Breast Cancer Ribbon

Gene Flaws Common In Blacks With Breast Cancer

African American women have higher rates of breast cancer at younger ages, and their survival rates are lower than white women. Now researchers might have an idea why.

06/03/2013

CBS 2's Mai Martinez pats down a suspect after she "shoots" him during a police training exercise. (CBS)

Training Drill: Officers Learn When To Use Deadly Force, When To Hold Back

CBS 2′s Mai Martinez participates in a high-pressure police training exercise that puts officers in risky scenarios.

05/28/2013

A street surveillance camera seen on top of a light pole along a Chicago street (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Elgin Police Want To Unite Suburb’s Surveillance Cameras

The Boston Marathon bombings showed how quickly surveillance images can help identify suspects. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.

05/24/2013

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McCarthy: Cops Taking Report Of Gang ‘Hit Squad’ Seriously

Being a police officer just got more dangerous in Chicago. According to information gathered by the Cook County Sheriff’s office, a street gang wants to ambush and kill police officers near 19th and Oakley west of the Loop. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.

05/13/2013

Barbara Zeman, ordained in 2008, is one of a growing number of women priests, although they are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. (Credit: CBS)

Church Approval Or Not, More Women Seeking Priesthood

Since 2002, 122 women worldwide have been ordained bishops, priests or deacons; 92 of them in the United States, including two who are active in the Chicago area

CBS 2–05/06/2013

Jodi Eastgate lost this wedding ring at The Drake Hotel when she forgot to put it back on after checking out. She and a staff member later managed to dig it out of garbage that had gone through a trash compactor. (Credit: CBS)

Woman Loses Wedding Ring At Drake Hotel, But Gets It Back From Trash

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.

CBS 2–04/26/2013

A bus driver braves flood waters Monday morning, prompting his suspension. (CBS)

VIDEO: School Bus Driver Plows Through Flood Water

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.

04/22/2013

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots.(Credit: CBS)

Lists Detailing Voter History Mailed To Residents Of South Suburb

On election day, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez found some voters in Frankfort, IL who say someone is trying to shame them into voting.

04/09/2013

Theft suspect William Tapes turns himself in to the FBI. (CBS)

Suspect Claims He Didn’t Know Armed Pursuers Were FBI Agents

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.

03/29/2013

Bagpipers march in the 2009 South Side Irish Parade. Organizers shut down the parade after that year due to drunken violence among the crowd. Organizers plan a one-year trial of a new parade with a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol in 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Stricter South Side Irish Parade Marks 2nd Year

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.

03/08/2013

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Good Samaritan Helps CTA Bus Driver Who Was Shocked With Stun Gun

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.

03/04/2013

Ice on Lake Michigan (CBS 2/Mai Martinez)

Lakefront Ice Is Beautiful But Deadly

A dog was rescued last week along Chicago’s icy lakefront, but sometimes people aren’t so lucky. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.

02/25/2013

New members of the Chicago Police Department graduated Friday. (CBS)

Police Graduates To Hit The Streets, With Optimism

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.

02/22/2013

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Hotel Provides Home For Needy Family

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.”

02/19/2013

The Subway restaurant at Washington near Michigan Avenue. (CBS)

VIDEO: Armed Robber Targets Subway Restaurants Downtown

Police are searching for a man who robbed a Subway sandwich shop in the Loop on Monday morning.

02/18/2013

Elgin police car (CBS)

Elgin Police: Online Registry Of Pawned Items Has Curbed Burglaries

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.

02/11/2013

Arizona tourist Jennifer Foster took this picture of kindness by a NYPD officer toward a homeless man. (Facebook)

Viral Picture Of NY Cop Helping Homeless Man Inspires People Here

Here in Chicago, similar acts of kindness happen every day without the fanfare. CBS 2′s Mai Martinez reports.

11/30/2012

Goods are collected for the families of New York City police officers. (CBS)

Asian-American Police Group Assists NY Cops With Donated Items

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.

11/16/2012

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