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.

Authorities Unveil Federal-City Gun Task Force

ATF agents will work with the Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Bureau to combat gun violence in the city. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the witness stand at a hearing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

Officer Van Dyke Takes Stand In Laquan McDonald Hearing

Some statements made by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke — made the night Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times – are admissible as evidence, a judge ruled.


Video Of Man Berating Muslim Teens Part Of Disturbing Trend, Advocate Says

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin listened intently Friday as Mai Ahmad talked about what happened to her and some friends Monday night inside a Pepe’s Mexican restaurant in Hickory Hills.


Suspect Exposes Himself To Girls: Chicago Police

A string of incidents may be related, Chicago police say.


Parts Of Jewish Cemetery Constantly Flooded, Visitor Says

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez pays a visit to Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in Forest Park to see for herself.


Woman Charged With Murder After Ramming Cop’s Daughter Into Tree

Chynna Stapleton was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Tatyanna Lewis.


Judge Calls Suspect In Cop Shooting ‘Threat To Community,’ Denies Bond

Angel Gomez, who is charged in connection with the shooting of two Chicago Police officers last week, was denied bond Monday.


Wrongfully Convicted Man Celebrates First Year Of Freedom

Darryl Pinkins appreciates the simple things in life and even dabbles in social media. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Couple Robbed At Gunpoint In Humboldt Park

The couple was traumatized by the robbery, but they are counting their blessings it wasn’t worse. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Chicago Inmate Freed From Jail After 23 Years

After fighting for his freedom for more than two decades, Roberto Almodovar walked out of the Cook County Jail Friday afternoon a free man.


CPD On ShotSpotter Sensors: ‘We Want To Replicate That Success’

Chicago Police say shootings dropped in two districts in March — and they credit that drop, in part, to new strategies and technology.


Facebook Rape Victim Threatened With Dog Attack, Prosecutor Says In Juvenile Court

Disturbing new details emerged in court Tuesday of a teen girl’s sexual assault that was viewed on Facebook Live last month.


Mom Sees Disturbing Facebook Live Video Of Missing Daughter

The video that she says shows her daughter in various stages of undress with several young men. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Aurora Cops Help Girl, Grandmother Move To Nicer Apartment

It’s moving day for Sheila Jackson, but she doesn’t have to do any of the heavy lifting.


Democrat Chris Kennedy To Run For Illinois Governor

It is Democratic businessman’s first run at an elected office, but as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, Chris Kennedy says he’s ready for the job.


Hillside CarMax Hit Twice In Two Days By Car Thieves

Targeted car dealerships is becoming a trend among Chicago street gangs, according to Hillside police.


Lindsey Graham Calls Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims ‘Inappropriate’

The White House provided no evidence to support the allegation that millions voted illegally in the election.


Latest Target Of Mean Tweeting: Donald Trump’s 10-Year-Old Son

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez asks an expert why lines are crossed on social media.


Former Chicago Police Superintendent Heaps More Scorn On DOJ Report

Garry McCarthy is offering additional criticism about the federal report released last week that slams CPD for civil-rights violations.


Chicago’s Former Top Cop Disagrees He Was Unavailable For Feds’ Review Of CPD

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says Garry McCarthy was “not available” to talk with her office. The former police superintendent says that’s “nonsense.”




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