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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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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Flint Water Crisis Dredges Up Bad Memories For Crestwood Woman

Before the debacle in Michigan there was the debacle in the south suburb. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/22/2016

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Wheaton College Faculty Says Administration Should Not Fire Professor

Prof. Larycia Hawkins stunned the administration last month when she said Muslims and Christians pray to the same god.

01/21/2016

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Police Documents: Cedrick Chatman Told Officers ‘I Give Up, I’m Shot’

Newly released police documents and some previously unseen videos are answering some questions about the 2013 officer-involved shooting death of Cedrick Chatman, but other questions are still unanswered.

01/15/2016

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Plenty Of Anger At Public Forum Asking For Input In Chicago Police Superintendent Search

The public got a chance to weigh in on Chicago’s search for a new police superintendent during a forum Tuesday night. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports at times, it wasn’t pretty.

01/12/2016

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Black Firefighters To Chicago Mayor: Oust Fire Commissioner

The African American Firefighters & Paramedics League, which held a news conference Thursday, says the biggest problem is the lack of hiring and promotion of black women. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/07/2016

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In Farewell Address, Education Secretary Arne Duncan Calls For More Action To Protect Children From Gun Violence

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports he’s coming back to Chicago with a mission.

12/30/2015

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Chicago Police Shootings Prompt Calls For More Tasers

Recent high profile Chicago Police shootings raise questions about some officers perhaps being trigger happy. Why don’t they use something like Tasers that stun but don’t kill?

12/29/2015

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Trial Begins For Police Commander Accused Of Sticking Gun Down Man’s Throat

A Chicago Police commander accused of a serious crime started the day with warm welcomes but that’s where the pleasantries end because this cop allegedly stuck a gun into someone’s mouth.

12/08/2015

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Dog Owners Pleased By Compromise To Allow Pooches On Path Through Maggie Daley Park

CBS 2’s Mike Parker explains the new rules.

11/18/2015

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Feds Seize Files, Computers As City Legislative Inspector General’s Office Shuts Down

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked to the watchdog who has had his last bark.

11/16/2015

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City Already Digging Up Newly Created Loop Link Bus Lane For Being Too Narrow

Crews are now back at work, tearing up the pavement again on eastbound Washington between Clark and Dearborn.

11/04/2015

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Police: Man Who Fatally Shot Robbery Suspect Won’t Face Charges

Chicago police will not charge a gun owner for using it to stop a robbery in a Southwest Side business Saturday.

11/02/2015

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Pilsen Coffee Shop Hit Again By Anti-Gentrification Graffiti

There seems to be growing anger about who’s moving in to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

10/27/2015

George Ryan returned to his Kankakee home after being released from federal custody. (CBS)

George Ryan Resurfaces To Condemn Death Penalty

The disgraced former Illinois governor would like to see capital punishment abolished across the U.S.

10/09/2015

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Suburban Police Offer Heroin Addicts A Live-Saving Deal

Faced with an alarming rise in heroin use in the suburbs, one town is offering addicts a deal the could save their lives.

10/08/2015

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Financial Aid For State College Students May Soon Disappear

Illinois has now gone 100 days without a budget and today, another shoe drops.

10/07/2015

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Wheels Disappearing Off SUVs In Lincoln Park

Not by themselves. Thieves are leaving the expensive vehicles on blocks. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

10/05/2015

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Wrongfully Convicted Man Wants ‘To Prevent This From Happening To Next Person’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mario Casciaro was surrounded by his relatives as he left Menard State Prison on Wednesday, his murder conviction overturned by a state Appellate Court judge. On Thursday, he reflected on his judicial […]

09/24/2015

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Alderman Floats Downtown ‘Driver Tax’ For Suburban Residents

Should suburban drivers who use downtown streets, be forced to pay a special daily fee for the privilege?

09/21/2015

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