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.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning owners of foreclosed buildings not to send out illegal eviction notices ordering renters to move out before the 90-day timeframe required by law. (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Prison Population Will Jump Because Of Rauner’s Cuts To Social Programs

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is issuing a dire warning about what will happen to his jail because of Governor Bruce Rauner’s cuts to state social safety net programs, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

04/01/2015

Prescription medication (CBS)

Indiana ‘Right To Try’ Law Gives Terminally Ill Access To Experimental Drugs

Imagine this: you’re terminally ill and your doctors have tried every available drug and nothing works. Now, Indiana is trying to give hope to those who are dying and hopeless.

03/24/2015

This pair of Nike shoes was purportedly worn by Michael Jordan at the dawn of his NBA career. (CBS)

Up For Auction: Game-Worn Shoes From The Dawn Of Michael Jordan’s NBA Career

An auction house is preparing to sell what it says is a pair of Nike basketball shoes Jordan wore in 1984. CBS 2’s Mike Parker takes a peek.

03/20/2015

Michigan City High School. (Credit: CBS 2)

Police Investigating ‘Widespread’ Sexting Among Michigan City Teens

Police in La Porte County are investigating what they call “widespread” sexting among high school students in the greater Michigan City area.

03/18/2015

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Chicago Man Receives Refund Check After Identity Thieves Filed His Taxes

Imagine your tax return is rejected by the IRS because somebody has already filed a fake return in your name. Then the next day, you get a refund.

03/04/2015

Kelli O'Laughlin's 15th birthday was celebrated by friends and family at an outdoor ceremony Monday. (CBS)

Parents Of Slain Teen Find Meaning In Raising Scholarship Money

John and Brenda O’Laughlin have raised $148,000 to fund 18 four-year scholarships, in honor of their daughter, Kelli. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/20/2015

Surveillance video shows two suspects drive off with a dog-daycare van. (Chicago Police)

Van Filled With Dogs Was Unattended Before Theft: Surveillance Video

Previously, the highly publicized dognapping incident, which ended with the stolen pets recovered Thursday, was characterized as a carjacking.

02/19/2015

A furnace. (Credit: CBS)

Cold Weather Can Be Dangerous If Furnace Isn’t Working Properly

The cold weather can be dangerous both outside, and inside your home if your furnace isn’t working properly.

02/18/2015

Douglas Crowley plays the bagpipes (Picture provided to CBS2)

Firefighter’s Bagpipes Stolen From Minivan

For six years, Lt. Douglas Crowley has played bagpipes on special occasions for the Chicago Fire Department’s Pipes and Drums band. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/12/2015

A Matteson Fire Department vehicle (CBS)

Matteson May Slash Police, Fire Budget

This town of 20,000 is facing the real possibility of a 50 percent cut in police and fire services before long. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/26/2015

Mike Ditka endorsing Alderman Bob Fioretti for mayor of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Ditka Weighs In On Mayoral Election, John Fox

Mike Ditka is weighing in on Jay Cutler, the new coach of the Bears, football concussions and kids, and even Chicago politics. He talked with reporters, including CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

01/20/2015

Police Lights Police Car

Woman Attacked In Wicker Park

It happened just before 2 a.m. Monday in the 1700 block of West Pierce Avenue, Chicago police say.

01/19/2015

Several homes were without heat in the Gage Park neighborhood. (Credit: CBS)

Several Homes In Gage Park Without Heat After Gas Leak

About half-dozen homes were without heat after a gas leak in the Gage Park neighborhood on the South Side Tuesday evening.

01/13/2015

Director of operations Ted Birren talks with CBS 2's Mike Parker. (CBS)

Rolling Meadows Students Forced Outside During Fire Alarm

An experiment in the science lab went awry Thursday afternoon, triggering a smoke alarm. That caused the evacuation of some 2,000 students and staff out of warm classrooms.

01/08/2015

Firefighters carry an injured man on a stretcher in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving at least one dead according to a police source and "six seriously injured" police officers according to City Hall. (Photo credit: Philippe Dupeyrat/AFP/Getty Images)

Police Search For Gunmen In Terror Attack As Chicagoans Show Support For France

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the terrorists who stormed the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo magazine bent on mass murder, got what they wanted.

01/07/2015

A CTA train. (CBS)

Plenty Of Safe Alternatives To Driving Home After Celebrating New Year

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports staggering to the car should not be an option, there are other ways to do it and they’re safe.

12/31/2014

Car dealership (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Experts Say New Year’s Eve A Great Time To Buy A Car

As the hours of 2014 dwindle down to a precious few, car dealers are scrambling to meet year-end sales quotas and sell off inventories to save on taxes.

12/30/2014

This surveillance image shows burglars cleaning out a cell phone store in the Old Irving neighborhood. (Boost Mobile)

WATCH: Thieves Load Up On Smart Phones

The Boost Mobile store, in the 4000 block of West Montrose, has been victimized twice by classic dead-of-night heist artists, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/18/2014

An empty room at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park. (CBS)

Hundreds Of Students Sick With Flu In Oak Park School District

A total of 563 students missed school Monday in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 – or nearly 10 percent of the district’s entire school body – most of them with flu-like symptoms.

12/15/2014

Emmett Farmer. (Credit; CBS)

Father Of Man Killed By Chicago Cops Urges Michael Brown’s Family To File Civil Suit

Night-time demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be tapering off and police and the National Guard are scaling back, but the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown continue to wrestle with what comes next.

12/02/2014

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