Mike Parker

parker Mike ParkerMike Parker has been a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1986.

Parker had been a weekend anchor and weekday general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago from 1980 to 1985. He resumed work at the station after working as a general assignment correspondent at WABC-TV in New York, NY (1985-86).

Prior to his first years at CBS 2 Chicago, Parker served as an anchor, investigative reporter and general assignment reporter at KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles (1977-80). Before that, he worked as the news director and as a reporter for KFI Radio in Los Angeles (1969-72).


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While at CBS 2 Chicago, Parker has received several local Emmys and the Illinois UPI Award for best television feature story of the year (1985). His breaking news reports about the CTA Blue Line derailment in the summer of 2006 helped CBS 2 Chicago win a national Emmy Award for spot news.

Parker is a native of Rock Island, Illinois. He graduated from Los Angeles City College.

"Fight for 15" activists surround the Rock N Roll McDonald's Wednesday. (CBS)

Fast-Food Worker Advocates Take ‘Fight For $15’ To Golden Arches

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports on the latest salvo.

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Chicago Alderman Proposes Crackdown On Doggie Doo-Doo

CBS 2’s Mike Parker has the scoop on the measure, which would sock property owners with huge fines if they allow canine waste to accumulate.

05/23/2016

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‘Ferris Bueller’ Turns 30; Celebrations Ensue In Chicago

Anyone, anyone? CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/20/2016

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Hillary Clinton Raises Campaign Money In Her Hometown, Where Protesters Gather

As her campaign continues, so does Hillary Clinton’s need for funds. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/19/2016

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Panel Recommends More Cash Settlements For Fatal Police-Involved Shootings

Chicago police officers shot 42 rounds at Emmanuel Lopez and struck him 16 times in 2005. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/16/2016

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Commissioner Withdraws Proposal To Make Circuit Court Clerk An Appointed Position

Cook County’s embattled Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown scored a big victory today as some county board members suddenly abandoned their plan to make the clerk’s job an appointed post.

05/11/2016

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Rauner Sounding Optimistic About Getting Budget Deal

He used the term “bipartisan momentum” today to describe progress in the state capital, but there’s a big wrinkle, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

05/09/2016

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Chicago Tow Truck Driver Pulls Vehicle Away, Not Realizing Two Kids Are Inside

The towing company says darkly tinted windows are to blame. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/02/2016

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Hastert’s Hometown No Longer Bragging About Former U.S. House Speaker

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports Plano’s former favorite son is the talk of the town.

04/27/2016

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Hillary Clinton Campaigns In NW Indiana Ahead Of Next Week’s Primary

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is already looking forward to next Tuesday’s primary in Indiana.

04/26/2016

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State Police Promise Crackdown On Distracted Driving In Construction Zone

Illinois State Police are out without warning that they are stepping up efforts to catch distracted drivers.

04/12/2016

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Chicago Alderman’s Office Burglarized

The thief took off with Ald. Walter Burnett’s Trek bicycle. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

04/08/2016

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Suburban Teen Back Home After Making Dramatic Recovery From Rare Disease

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports it was a rare disease that almost killed her, but medical specialists in Alabama helped bring about a recovery her mother calls a miracle.

04/06/2016

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Former High School Teammates Proud Of Villanova Champion Jalen Brunson

A local kid was on the team that won Monday night’s historic NCAA men’s basketball championship game.

04/05/2016

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SW Side Alderman Calls On Cook County Sheriff To Help Stem Violence

An alderman from the Back of the Yards neighborhood is calling for reinforcements.

03/30/2016

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Video Shows Would-Be Robber Flee After Des Plaines Store Owner Takes Out Gun

(CBS) — Dramatic surveillance video shows a teen pull out a gun on a shop owner, and what happened next helped put an end to a suburban crime spree, police said. CBS 2’s Mike Parker […]

03/29/2016

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Former CPD Officer Wounded On Duty Understands Danger Of Police Work

One former Chicago Police officer knows all too well the dangers of the job. He spoke with CBS 2’s Mike Parker in this Original Report.

03/28/2016

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Informant Opens Up About Using Secret Camera To Put Chicago Mobsters In Jail

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports on the story of Red Wemette.

03/23/2016

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Chicago Lawyer Ousts Former Ald. Dick Mell In Committeeman Contest

Aaron Goldstein unseated Mell in last week’s Democratic primary, by the razor thin margin in 60 votes. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

03/21/2016

Andrew Bruce's vehicle after a truck's wheel flew into the windshield. (courtesy: Andrew Bruce)

Northwest Indiana Motorist Has Close Call With Flying Semi-Truck Wheel

How close? CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

03/18/2016

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