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.

Protesters stormed the stage at a budget forum Wednesday night. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Storm Stage At Emanuel Budget Forum

It was supposed to be a discussion about the new budget, but when the topic of Dyett High School closing came up, protesters marched toward the stage and the mayor

09/02/2015

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Dangers Of Police Work Hurting Recruitment Of New Officers

In Chicago and many other American cities, it seems to be getting harder and harder to recruit police officers. Applications are been going down dramatically in recent years.

09/01/2015

Robert Corwin in his West Town condo. (CBS)

‘Airbnb’ Horror Story: Tenant Sublets Condo, Without Owner’s Permission

Recently Robert Corwin came back to Chicago and found a young couple living in the master bedroom. His liquor supply was gone and there was a hookah on the dining room table. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

08/28/2015

Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

School Board Votes To Close Lincoln-Way North High School

Now thousands of families are scrambling to figure out what’s next, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

08/13/2015

Bertha Honore Park. (Credit: CBS)

Parents, Attorneys Say State Law On Child Supervision Too Vague

How young is too young to leave a child alone, in the state of Illinois? The law says, under 14, for any unreasonable amount of time.

08/05/2015

Romain Dukes (courtesy: Tasha Dukes)

Area Family Eager To Welcome Home Prisoner Freed By President Obama

Romain Dukes, will be freed from his federal prison cell in West Viriginia in November. He’s one of 46 non-violent drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama.

07/17/2015

Surveillance images show a robbery in progress at a Hammond, Ind. smoke shop. (images provided)

Armed Suspects Rob Another Indiana Store

The clerk was tied up, robbed and thought he was going to die. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

07/16/2015

Michael Brown art exhibit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Michael Brown Sr.: Chicago Art Exhibit On Son’s Death “Disgusting”

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the art gallery on East 47th Street, is the now at the center of a controversy. The owners have received hate mail and threats about one of their exhibits.

07/14/2015

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

United, NYSE Outages Stoke Fears About Vulnerability Of Computer Systems

CBS 2’s Mike Parker in every one of these breakdowns, it was computer technology, not a hostile set of attacks. But one local expert says more of those are sure to come and we should be ready.

07/08/2015

A vigil in Glencoe for the victims of the Charleston church shooting. (CreditL CBS)

Victims Of Violence Learn To Forgive

(CBS) — You hear it from time to time, and it’s hard to imagine: victims of horrific violence forgiving the suspect. It’s even going on in the wake of the Charleston church shooting. CBS 2’s […]

06/24/2015

The FBI traced the celebgate hack to this Brighton Park bungalow.  (Credit: CBS)

FBI Traces ‘Celebgate’ Nude Photo Hack To Chicago Home

The FBI has traced a computer to the South Side of Chicago. CBS 2’s Mike Parker found the house in question.

06/09/2015

Destiny Horton (courtesy: Trice Horton)

Family Mourns Teen Girl Killed In Tri-State Accident

Destiny Horton’s happy last hours were spent with her cousin and other relatives at Great America. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/08/2015

Surveillance video shows a thief breaking into a liquor store office. (Santori's Liquors/Lansing Police)

WATCH: Woman Breaks Into Liquor Store Office, Steals Cash — Smiles

How did money just vanish from a south suburban liquor store? Management wanted to find out, so they checked out their surveillance video. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/04/2015

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South Loop Family Repeatedly Subjected To Racist Graffiti

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mike Parker shows us how it’s affecting the family that’s growing more frustrated with each incident.

05/19/2015

This Roseland home was a foreclosure, and the former owner reportedly refuses to move out. (CBS)

Family Buys Roseland Home But Can’t Get Squatter Out

(CBS) – A Chicago family purchased a home months ago, only to find a squatter living in it. The new owners say they are paying bills in a house they can’t live in. CBS 2’s […]

05/15/2015

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South Loop Family Hounded By Racist Graffiti

In the hallway outside one of the condo units, painters have been at work covering up the latest piece of racist graffiti left behind by somebody. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/14/2015

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Burbank Residents Upset By Plans To Acquire Their Homes To Expand Reservoir

Many Burbank residents who live near this Melvina Ditch reservoir are upset. It appears the folks who run it have their homes in their sights.

05/13/2015

A surveillance camera at a CTA train station. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Critic: Cameras Aren’t Preventing Violent Crime On Trains

(CBS) — When the doors of a CTA train close, how safe are you? In just over two weeks, two women have been attacked, one brutally. Both suspects were caught, but what’s being done to […]

05/11/2015

A Rogers Park family has had raw sewage seep into the basement following a utility crew mistake. (CBS)

ComEd Ignores Rogers Park Couple After Work Crew Ruptures Sewer Line

Imagine having your basement flooded with raw sewage. Imagine no one will do anything about it. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/07/2015

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Social Media Obsession Costing Some People Their Marriage

Some people get so obsessed with social media, it can cost them their marriage.

05/05/2015

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