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.

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Chicago Missionary Murdered In Haiti

George Knoop, 77, was stabbed to death Tuesday in his home in Haiti. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez talks with people who knew him.

05/16/2014

A pile of road salt that public works crews in northwest suburban McHenry will use on roads during the year's first snowstorm on Dec. 20, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Winter Leaves Behind Corrosion From Road Salt

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.

04/29/2014

Home for sale, file. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Median Home Prices In Chicago Rising

The median home price jumped 12.9 percent from $155,000 in March of last year to $175,000 this March.

04/22/2014

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Police Bicycle Patrols Cutting Crime In Neighborhoods

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.

04/18/2014

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Gang Problem Growing, Seeping Into Suburbs, Authorities Say

Grim statistics were at the heart of multi-state summit held Friday in Oak Brook. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

02/14/2014

Solomon Perry. (Credit: CBS)

Railroad Worker Files Suit Claiming Co-Workers Taunted Him, Cut His Dreadlocks

For years, an Indiana man says he endured discrimination and harassment in his work place by white co-workers.

02/04/2014

A card celebrating the Chinese New Year -- the Year of the Wood Horse. (CBS)

Chinese New Year Kicks Off In Chicago And Rest Of The World

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at how Chicago is welcoming the Year of the Wood Horse.

01/31/2014

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Indiana Police: Potholes May Have Led To Latest Road-Rage Shooting In Gary

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.

01/20/2014

Shelves are empty at the Rogers Park Dominick's. (CBS)

Final Curtain Falls For Most Dominick’s Stores

The final day for stores in the closing chain is Saturday. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez visits one North Side location.

12/27/2013

A package in a building vestibule. (CBS)

Post Office Workers Brave Cold To Deliver Christmas Gifts On Time

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.

12/24/2013

Three family members were injured in a hit and run Sunday on the North Side. (CBS)

Three Family Members Hospitalized After North Side Hit-And-Run

Faseeh Biabani and his parents were injured Sunday on Devon Avenue. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

12/23/2013

Identical twins Kristen Maurer, left, and Kelly McCarthy. (CBS)

Identical Twins Fight Breast Cancer Together

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.

12/06/2013

This alligator was captured by authorities at O'Hare.

That’s No Alligator Bag At O’Hare Terminal — That’s An Alligator!

Yes, an alligator seemed to appear from nowhere in Terminal 3 at Chicago’s busiest airport on Friday. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

11/02/2013

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Paramedic Describes Being Attacked During Ambulance Run

Frank Velez was ready to transport a patient when two men across the street began “yelling at the ambulance with profanity,” he tells CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.

10/28/2013

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Chicago Fighting To Erase Increasing Amount Of Graffiti

Think you’re seeing more graffiti around Chicago? Well you’re not alone.

10/22/2013

Pet insurance costs money but may be worth it in the long run. (CBS)

Pet Insurance: Worth The Money?

With medical advancements, treatment for pets can easily run into the thousands. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez weighs the pros and cons.

10/18/2013

A handgun sits in the holster that belongs to a law enforcement officer during a news conference July 26, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The news conference was to announce a call for expanding background checks for firearm purchasers and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Police Union: NFL Ban On Guns Is ‘An Insult’ To Off-Duty Cops

As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, many officers are calling foul, and fan support for the policy is mixed.

10/14/2013

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Ambulances Lose Precious Seconds When Motorists Don’t Pull Over

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez rode along with Chicago paramedics to see what they’re up against.

09/23/2013

Members of the Chicago Police Department's Mounted Unit. (CBS)

Chicago’s Mounted Police Offer Versatility In The Field

The officers and their horses also patrol the Mag Mile, the Museum campus and some city parks year-round. They’re an amazing sight, but more than that, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

09/02/2013

A CTA bus approaches a stop. (CBS)

CTA Bus Driver Caught On Camera Driving While Distracted By Eating

A CTA bus driver whose hands should have been on the wheel instead had a cup in one hand and a spoon in the other.

08/27/2013

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