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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No Aviation Experience Necessary For JetBlue Pilot Training Program

A newly announced JetBlue program to train pilots is raising some eyebrows.


Surveillance video obtained by CBS 2 shows a Chicago police officer drawing a weapon on suspect Alfontish Cockerham, who  is on the ground at right. The incident occurred June 20, 2015. (CBS)

Another Police-Shooting Video Surfaces; What It Shows Is In Dispute

The surveillance images show at least some aspects of the June 2015 police shooting of suspect Alfontish Cockerham, who later died.


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2005 Police Shooting Of Emmanuel Lopez Comes Under Scrutiny

As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, the officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald is also linked to this case.


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Can Police Officers’ Code Of Silence Be Broken?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports that code of silence was under discussion at a meeting held by the Chicago Urban League.


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Chicago Area Muslims Outraged By Donald Trump’s Comments

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.


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Chicago Muslim Woman: “I Don’t Really Feel Safe Anymore”

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 Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks with CBS 2's Mai Martinez about the circumstances of the Laquan McDonald case. (CBS)

McCarthy Says His Hands Were Tied In Laquan McDonald Case

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.


Chicago police officers Nick Malone, Melissa Burchett and Jose Rivera. (CBS)

Chicago Police Officers Share The Highs, Lows Of Their First Three Years On The Job

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez checks in with three recruits we first met in 2012.


Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood. (courtesy: Karla Lee)

Visitation Held For 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy Who Was Lured To His Death

Tyshawn Lee, 9, was targeted and executed in an alley last week because of his family’s alleged gang ties, police say.


Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood. (courtesy: Karla Lee)

Police Questioned Person Of Interest In Murder Of 9-Year-Old Boy

Chicago Police are talking to a person of interest in the murder of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee, CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Tyshawn Lee, 9, was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood. (courtesy: Karla Lee)

Sources: Murdered 9-Year-Old May Have Been Lured Into Alley

Sources say witnesses told investigators the boy appeared to be lured from a nearby park into the alley by a group using a basketball, reports CBS 2’s Mai Martinez.


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Why Does Cubs Fan Wear Pink Hat To Every Cub Game?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez caught up with him before Game 3 and asked him about that hat.

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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)

Man Found Dead From Gunshot In Burning Car Identified

A man whose body was found in a burning car in Chicago last week has been identified.


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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.




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