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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


CBS 2's Mai Martinez is attacked by a dog in a safety demonstration. (Credit: CBS)

How To Protect Yourself From Dog Attacks

Dog attacks can be vicious, even deadly, and every year thousands of adults and children become victims. Last year in Cook County there were nearly 5,000.


Beyonce arrives at the 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala benefit in honor of the museums latest exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass . (Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Were Dresses Worn By Beyonce, J Lo and Kim Kardashian At Met Gala Too Revealing?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at the dresses and the message they might be sending.


Emily Beazley and her sister, Olivia, being sworn in as Chicago Police Headquarters. (Credit: CBS)

Emily Beazley, Sister Named Honorary Chicago Police Officers

Another honor today for a young cancer patient fighting the fight of her life: Emily Beazley and her sister became honorary Chicago Police Officers.


St. Pascal pastor  Rafal Stecz, who fondly remembers meeting the cardinal when Stecz came to Chicago 6 ½ years ago. (CBS)

At Boyhood Parish, Cardinal George Remembered As A ‘Hero’

Francis Cardinal George grew up on Chicago’s Northwest Side and was eventually ordained at St. Pascal’s in Portage Park.


Greg Salvi in court. (Credit: Cheryl Cook.)

Melrose Park Detective Accused Of Selling Drugs From Police Evidence

As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, the feds say he stole drugs from police evidence and then sold them.


Sigma Alpha Epsilon national headquarters in Evanston. (CBS)

Racist Chant Trickled Down From Evanston-Based Fraternity: University Official

The revelation came to light Friday as the president of the University of Oklahoma revealed new details of the investigation into use of the chant at his college. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.



Expert Says Social Media Has Taken Bullying To New Level

Social media and bullying can be a volatile combination. Author and journalist Carrie Goldman has studied the issue for five years.


Terry Almanza on her wedding day, left. Her sister Alicia is at right. (Courtesy: Terry Almanza)

Chicago Woman Searches For Her Late Sister’s Dress

Terry Almanza would like to wear the purple garment at her niece’s wedding. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Businesses use tracking to see if their emails are getting attention, and now people are doing the same.  (Credit: CBS)

Who Is Tracking Your Email?

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez takes a look at who could be tracking you and what they’re doing with the information they get.


Vitamin D supplements. (Credit: CBS)

New Study Shows Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Help Lower Blood Pressure

Are you or someone you know taking vitamin D to lower blood pressure? Maybe a doctor even prescribed it?


Angel Gonzales does some shopping after being released from prison. (CBS)

Exonerated Inmate Adapting To Life — And Smart Phones — After 21 Years Behind Bars

On Friday, Angel Gonzalez talked with CBS 2’s Mai Martinez about what it’s like to finally be free.


Greenfield Academy is a private school in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. (CBS)

North Side Academy Is Too Cool For School

Sitting on comfy couches reading and working with computers — not at desks with textbooks. And having a working lunch — not in a cafeteria. This is not your typical school. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.


Ertharin Cousin (CBS)

Chicago Native Leads World Effort To End Hunger

Ertharin Cousin grew up on Chicago’s West Side, in the Lawndale neighborhood, the oldest daughter of a social worker and community organizer.


Chicago Police Capt. Edward Kulbida (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police Captain Wounded In Standoff Returns To Work

Chicago Police captain returned to work two months after being shot in a violent standoff two months ago that also left another officer injured.




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