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 12-year-old girl from Palatine is going to the White House to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, her winning recipe has an Illinois connection.
Sources tell CBS 2 investigators are talking to people who were in contact with the suspected shooter the day officer Westerfield was killed.
Indiana investigators continue to question a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a veteran Gary Police officer, but still no charges.
A study released today points a finger at road salt. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
After two deadly accidents on the water last weekend, the Chicago Fire Department is reminding people of the hazards of cold water. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
The city’s Anti-Defamation League is calling for Chicago Public Schools to take action after a student was allegedly targeted by other students just because he’s Jewish.
The Chicago Fire Department opened its doors to the media Tuesday to give reporters a taste of what it’s like.
It was a gorgeous spring day Monday, but the plants and flowers seem to be lagging behind.
George Knoop, 77, was stabbed to death Tuesday in his home in Haiti. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks with people who knew him.
After the brutal temperatures and nearly 80 inches of snow, many of us would like to forget this past winter, but we could be dealing with its side effects for years to come.
The median home price jumped 12.9 percent from $155,000 in March of last year to $175,000 this March.
Bicycles aren’t just a fun way to get around this time of year, they’re also an effective crime-fighting tool, according to Chicago police.
Grim statistics were at the heart of multi-state summit held Friday in Oak Brook. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
For years, an Indiana man says he endured discrimination and harassment in his work place by white co-workers.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is welcoming the Year of the Wood Horse.
The most recent shooting happened on westbound I-80/94, but the victim told police her first interaction with the shooter’s car took place down on 25th Avenue because of potholes.
The final day for stores in the closing chain is Saturday. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez visits one North Side location.
It’s Christmas Eve, and we all know that means Santa Claus is hard at work delivering gifts around the world, but he’s not the only one.
Faseeh Biabani and his parents were injured Sunday on Devon Avenue. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
Identical twins Kristen and Kelly have shared a special connection since birth. And these days, that connection is even stronger after the two battled breast cancer together. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.