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.

A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Signs Indicate Flu Season Has Arrived

You may not want to give thanks for this: there are increasing signs that the flu season has arrived.

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Fr. Michael Pfleger at a prayer service for Michael Brown. (Credit: CBS)

Fr. Pfleger, Rev, Jackson Hold Prayer Service On Ferguson Teen’s Death

Rev Jesse Jackson joined Father Michael Pfleger at St. Sabina Tuesday night in a special service that centered on the killing of Michael Brown.

11/25/2014

Sammy Luther reported his bionic arm stolen after he discovered it missing on Oct. 18. It turned out he'd left it at a Subway restaurant in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Meanest Thief Award: Teen Boy’s Bionic Arm Stolen

Sammy Luther was born without a left arm and appreciated what technology had done for him. Then, a thief struck. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

10/29/2014

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Retired Chicago Nurse To Travel To Liberia

Larry Turner is headed for ground-zero in the battle against Ebola: the West African nation of Liberia. He’s going with the group Partners in Health. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

10/27/2014

A Bucktown neighborhood activist stands near a new digital billboard that has some residents agitated. (CBS)

Bucktown Residents: Electronic Billboard Is Gaudy, Annoying

A company that contracted with the city to put up digital advertising has inspired the wrath of some Northwest Side residents. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

10/24/2014

Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Police Commander Accused Of Brutality Has Many Supporters

Several Park Manor residents have rallied around Glenn Evans, the Chicago police commander who is accused of terrorizing a criminal suspect. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

10/23/2014

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Gas Selling At Under $3 A Gallon At Some Chicago Area Stations

Drivers are doing double takes when they go to fill up.

10/21/2014

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Cardinal George Honored In Washington State

George was the bishop of Yakima for six years in the 1990s, and was back to celebrate a Mass to dedicate the new Catholic high school gymnasium that has been named in his honor.

10/10/2014

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BBB Issues Warning Over IRS Phone Scam

It’s one of the largest scams of its kind and victims are on the hook for more than a million dollars as con-artists pose as Internal Revenue Service agents.

10/08/2014

Cardinal Francis George leads a mass of atonement and hope for survivors of clergy sex abuse at Holy Family Church. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Leads Special Mass For Sex Abuse Victims

It seemed a sign of the progress the Catholic Church has made in the wake of the clergy sex scandal.

10/04/2014

Chatham resident John May says he was attacked by pit bulls. (CBS)

Pit Bulls Terrorize Chatham Neighborhood, Residents Say

Sixty-six-year-old Roland Hayes came home from Trinity Hospital Friday evening, bandages covering both his forearms. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

09/19/2014

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Police Board Fires Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun On Cabbie

Karl Clermont recalls the booze-fueled encounter he had with an off-duty Chicago police detective in April 2009. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

09/18/2014

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

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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

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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

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