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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.

Members of the Ferguson Police department wear body cameras during a rally August 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9. His death caused several days of violent protests along with rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Elgin Police Testing Helmet And Body Cameras

Police in the northwest suburb have been looking at “body cam” technology for about the last year.

09/12/2014

A Home Depot store is seen in Silver Spring, Maryland, on March 28. 2013. The US economy grew more strongly than initially thought in the fourth quarter last year but was still moving at a sluggish 0.4 percent annual pace, the Department of Commerce said on March 28. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Home Depot Investigating Possible Data Breach

It appears that consumer data from Home Depot stores has been hacked from abroad and could lead to millions of identities being stolen.

09/02/2014

Supporters of the Nouveau Tavern march in River North. (Credit: CBS)

Candlelight Protest Held Outside Recently Vandalized River North Nightclub

A River North nightclub where racist graffiti recently appeared was the scene of a candlelight protest Wednesday night.

08/27/2014

The suspect left with about $800 in cash and a laptop. (Credit: Andy McGuire )

Lakeview Burglary Suspect Caught On Camera, Leaves Hole In Roof

A thief with a taste for cash was caught in the act by a surveillance camera at a Lakeview restaurant.

08/26/2014

A cross is held aloft. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Parishioners Come Out In Support Of Fired Music Director

Church members, supporters, and critics gathered in the northwest suburbs Wednesday night to discuss the parish music director—fired over plans to marry his same sex partner.

08/13/2014

A Midlothian police cruiser sits parked in the lot of the police station. (Credit: CBS)

Midlothian Taking Steps To Protect Commuters After Muggings

Community members in south suburban Midlothian are taking steps to make the area safer for female commuters after four women were attacked by a mugger.

08/12/2014

Rajat Prakash (Photo courtesy of Oak Lawn Police)

Doctor’s Fondling Victim Grateful Physician Has Lost His License

November 2011: Stacy Rowland was being treated for a serious flare-up of her multiple sclerosis. Her doctor, at Advocate Christ Medical Center, was Rajat Prakash. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

08/07/2014

Jasmine Jafferali (Credit: CBS)

Woman Says Good Samaritan Saved Her From Attack In West Loop

It was a surprise confrontation in the West Loop and then someone stepped in. A Chicago woman believes that Good Samaritan saved her from an attack last week.

08/05/2014

Elaine Simpson shows the contents of the wallet she lost in Chicago. (CBS)

Chicagoan Restores Faith — And Wallet — Of Michigan Woman

You know that horrible sinking feeling: You’re in a strange town and you realize your wallet is missing. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the good news one visitor received.

08/04/2014

Daniel Manchen. (Chicago Police photo)

Woman Catches Burglar With Secret Camera

CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago woman noticed things were disappearing from her apartment so she set up surveillance and was shocked by what she found. Nina Filipponio has been running the family cafe and bar [...]

07/30/2014

Brian Davidson (CBS)

Homeless Man’s Lawsuit: Joliet Cops Drove Him To Small Town, Dumped Him During Winter Freeze

Brian Davidson is suing the city of Joliet, hoping a federal judge will strike down a city law that outlaws panhandling. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

07/17/2014

Ashley Walls (Facebook)

U Of I Grad Student Dies Of Illness In Brazil

This week, Ashley Walls was working in the slums of Florianopolis and suddenly became ill and died from an undisclosed illness. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/26/2014

Marklund Day School, which specializes in teaching youngsters with autism and profound disabilities, has won approval for a 12,000-square-foot annex, despite complaints from some neighbors about increased bus traffic. (Credit: CBS)

Expansion Plan For Special-Needs School Stirs Controversy in Bloomingdale

The Marklund Day School on Prairie Avenue in Bloomingdale wanted permission to build a 12,000-square-foot annex and increase enrolment from 31 to 66. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/23/2014

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Got A Kid In The Car? No Smoking, State Lawmaker Proposes

Legislation proposed by state Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, would make it illegal for an adult to smoke in a vehicle with children under 18 inside. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/20/2014

File Photo (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Naperville Gets High Marks — For Snobbery

Naperville residents have a lot to be snobbish about if they choose. It’s pretty, with hundreds of magnificent homes on tree-lined streets; and the education and income levels are high. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/19/2014

(Credit: Tannen Maury-Pool/Getty Images)

Bridgeport Residents Complain About Noise From Jets Headed To Midway

The folks in Bridgeport are trying to get used to the new sound of big passenger jets flying overhead headed for Midway.

06/18/2014

This screen grab shows shoplifting suspects scuffling with a security guard. (K & G Fashion)

VIDEO: Store Clerk Stands Up To Shoplifting Mob

A dozen or so people came to the Grand Crossing neighborhood K & G Clothing store, but not in search of advertised bargains. They came to steal, as a pack, and in broad daylight. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/16/2014

Buddy reunited with Emma. (Credit: Cindy Hall)

Valparaiso Family Reunited With Missing Dog

A northwest Indiana family has been reunited with their missing dog on Saturday.

06/13/2014

Laser pointer (CBS)

FBI Offers Reward To Find The Pranksters Pointing Lasers At Planes

People pointing lasers at airplanes – it happens time after time in Chicago, and it’s more than a harmless prank. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/12/2014

The screws have now been removed from the slides at the Oak Lawn playground. (Credit: CBS)

Screws Found Embedded In Slide At Oak Lawn Playground

Several sharp metal screws were found embedded into the slides at an Oak Lawn Park. Officials say it was done with the intent of hurting the children who slide down it.

06/11/2014

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