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.

One man escaped by pulling the trunk release from inside and ran away, but Dolton police say the other man remained bound and gagged in the trunk of a car.  (CBS)

Two Men Lured By Sex: One Escapes From Car Trunk, The Other Found Dead In Burned Vehicle

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez has telling surveillance video.

10/03/2015

Glora Pinex. (Credit: CBS)

Mother Alleges Cover-Up In Fatal Shooting Of Son During 2011 Traffic Stop

A mother, whose son was shot and killed by Chicago police four years ago is again calling for charges against the officers involved.

09/28/2015

Chicago teens pick up clothing items donated from pro athletes. (Credit: CBS)

Home Team Closet Equips Teens In Clothes Fit For Pros

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look a unique program that’s giving troubled youth new clothes and a new outlook on life.

09/22/2015

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Getty Images)

Teen Attending Peace Rally, Fatally Shot Hours later

One of the victims of gun violence this past weekend had attended a peace event the night before.

09/21/2015

Firefighters on the scene of a Morgan Park home explosion. (Credit: CBS)

Victim Inside Burned Morgan Park Home Had Been Shot

The man whose body was found in a Morgan Park home on Monday after an explosion and fire died from a gunshot wound to the head.

09/15/2015

Melissa Schuster wants to share her story publicly to help others. (CBS)

Willowbrook Woman Survives Assault: ‘I Defeated Him. I’m Walking Away Alive’

For the first time, a Willowbrook woman who was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted in her home is speaking out.

09/04/2015

Recent photo of an Asian predatory wasp (vespa velutina), a predator of honey bee hives, which has installed itself in several southrn regions of France.  (Photo credit should read JEAN HAXAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Wasp, Scorpion Venom Could Help In Fighting Cancer, Researchers Say

When we hear scorpion or wasp, most of us cringe at the thought of getting stung and that painful–sometimes deadly– venom, but some researchers believe that venom can actually save lives by fighting cancer.

09/01/2015

Garbage is strewn at Touhy Herbert Park. (CBS)

Residents Say Gang Members Have Taken Over Neighborhood Park

One woman says sometimes she feels like a prisoner in her home. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

08/28/2015

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Africa’s Deadly Water Crisis: A Walk To Raise Awareness

Most of us don’t think twice about how we’ll get our water.

08/21/2015

Video of Sandra Bland inside the Waller County Jail. (Credit: Waller County)

Video Of Sandra Bland Inside Texas Jail Released

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports the video was released in part to address theories about Bland’s death, including one that she was dead when her mugshot was taken.

07/28/2015

Dog attack victim Marilyn Grimes. (Credit: CBS)

Dog Attack Victims Say Owners Not Punished Enough

We often hear of dog attacks, some even fatal. So what’s being done to stop attacks or punish the dogs’ owners?

07/22/2015

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy patrols a neighborhood Friday. (CBS)

Supt. McCarthy Tries To Stem Violence This Weekend

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was working a beat Friday, as his department sought to avoid the type of spike in deadly shootings that occurred last July Fourth weekend. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

07/03/2015

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on preparations for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police To Work Overtime To Stem Violence During Fourth Of July Weekend

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is preparing.

06/30/2015

Naperville's Riverwalk (CBS)

DuPage River Is Treacherous, Naperville Authorities Warn

The river is currently 4 to 7 feet above flood stage, and flowing rapidly in some areas. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

06/22/2015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk attends gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's election night gathering on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner defeated incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Mark Kirk’s ‘Bro With No Ho’ Gaffe Latest Misstep

Sen. Mark Kirk’s derogatory word for a woman has ignited a political firestorm, and despite his apology, the issue isn’t going away.

06/12/2015

A "lucky" Blackhawks chair has a place of honor at Lee's Barber Shop in Naperville. (CBS)

Lucky Barber Chair Is ‘No Sitting Zone’ During Blackhawks Championship Run

Welcome to Lee’s Barber Shop in Naperville. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

06/05/2015

Chicago police respond to the scene of two people found dead on the Southwest Side. (CBS/Brad Edwards)

Police Question Relative Of Mother, Son Found Dead In Home

The individual was taken into custody about a block away from where Maria Herrera, 48, and her son, 22-year-old Carlos, were found dead Thursday on the Southwest Side.

05/29/2015

The burglars smashed into the cash register at Ponzu. (Credit: CBS)

Police: Burglars Target Three North Side Restaurants

It was a busy weekend for a pair of burglars targeting restaurants on the North Side.

05/18/2015

Ray Robinson and Zet Smith were honored by the board of the Chicago Police Memorial Fund. (Credit: CBS)

Walgreens Employee, Customer Honored For Assisting Two Chicago Police Officers

Two men who went above and beyond to help arrest a dangerous suspect received a special honor Tuesday from the board of the Chicago Police Memorial Fund.

05/12/2015

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Deadline Looms For Youth Summer Jobs Program

Chicagoans from 14 to 24 have until Friday to apply for the One Summer Chicago program. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

05/11/2015

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