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.
The fourth-grader had been lured into an alley at 80th and Damen and executed Nov. 2, authorities say, because of his father’s gang ties.
He wore a Chicago Police uniform, had a gun, badge and bullet-proof vest, but police say he’s not an officer.
The suspect wasn’t caught in the act, but he was caught on camera.
Alan Konwinski, 26, was arrested in Northbrook Monday. As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, he’s allegedly one of the thieves responsible for more than 80 salon break-ins.
Some, including O’Connor’s boyfriend, wonder if it could lead to her killer.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talked with one of the largest blood banks in our area about the impact on Chicagoland.
Aaren O’Connor was sitting in her car in the Pilsen neighborhood when she was struck Friday. She died over the weekend, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Ron Godby, 53, is a cop and the father of a student and often photographed school events.
In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez went to Crystal Lake to meet the man and the woman he calls his guardian angel.
The jackpot for Wednesday night’s Powerball has jumped to $1.5 billion and that has a lot of us dreaming. But hypothetically, what if the winner decided to give all that money to the city of Chicago? How would they want it spent?
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez shows us how he’s helping kids breathe easier.
We are learning more about the police officer who fired those fatal shots.
A newly announced JetBlue program to train pilots is raising some eyebrows.
The surveillance images show at least some aspects of the June 2015 police shooting of suspect Alfontish Cockerham, who later died.
As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, the officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald is also linked to this case.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports that code of silence was under discussion at a meeting held by the Chicago Urban League.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talked to local Muslims who say if that’s how Trump really feels he should end his run for the White House.
In this Original Report, a Muslim woman and Chicago native talked to CBS 2’s Mai Martinez about the impact of negative public perception of her religion, because of the Islamic State terrorists.
Chicago’s top cop talks with CBS 2’s Mai Martinez about the first time he viewed the videotaped shooting death that spurred criminal charges against one of his officers.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez checks in with three recruits we first met in 2012.