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.

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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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at Valdosta State University February 29, 2016 in Valdosta, Georgia. On the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries, Trump is enjoying his best national polling numbers of the election cycle, increasing his lead over rivals Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Trump Supporters Answer: Why?

CBS 2’s Mike Parker spoke with some folks about why they’re becoming part of Donald Trump’s sometimes controversial political movement.

03/03/2016

Bobbie Hicks was the Chicago Archdiocese's first African-American lay teacher. (CBS)

Trailblazing Teacher Honored For Breaking Down Racial Barriers

The Chicago Archdiocese on Friday bestowed its Black Heritage Award to Bobbie Hicks, 92, the local Catholic school system’s first African-American teacher. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/26/2016

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Judge’s Ruling Calls Red Light, Speed CameraTickets Into Question

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports red light cameras are the bane of Chicago drivers, but now a Circuit Court judge has ruled that the city violated “fundamental principles of justice, equity and good conscience” in how it has run the program.

02/23/2016

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Watchdog Group: Design Flaw Likely Caused Megabus Fire

A transportation watchdog group tells CBS 2 it believes a design problem likely led to a fire on a Megabus over the weekend.

02/22/2016

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At Lurie Children’s Hospital, Dream Team Helps Kids Fight Brain Tumors

They’re on the job, thanks in large part to millions of dollars in donations in recent years, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

02/17/2016

Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook at O'Hare Airport in July, 2014.

Apple Appealing Court Order To Break Into iPhone Of San Bernardino Shooter

CBS 2’s Mike Parker takes a closer look at the legal case, over a terrorist’s iPhone.

02/17/2016

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NW Side Candidate Could Become First Muslim Illinois State Rep.

In next month’s Illinois Primary, voters in one Chicago neighborhood have a choice to make that could be historic should they nominate a Muslim candidate, an immigrant from India to run for the state legislature.

02/16/2016

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Emanuel Launches Initiative To Help Chicago Home Buyers

Want to buy your first house, but the down payment and closing costs are too steep? The city wants to help, with a handout worth thousands of dollars. CBS 2’s Mike Parker explains how you can cash in.

01/25/2016

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