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.


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.


Burbank Reservoir

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.


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 […]


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.



Social Media Obsession Costing Some People Their Marriage

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


This is what the streetscape will look like in Lakeview at Lincoln and Welling and Southport. (Chicago Department of Transportation)

Lakeview Streetscrape Will Put Tables On Streets, Polka Dots On Sidewalks

Some residents worry about how all the vanishing lanes will slow down traffic. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Robert Breuder (College of DuPage)

College Of DuPage President Barred From Campus

Earlier this week, Robert Breuder announced he was going on medical leave, a move that would have allowed him to return at a time of his choosing.


Zion residents packed a city council meeting to discuss the fatal shooting of a teen by police. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Pack Zion City Hall, Demand Cops Wear Body Cams

Protesters in Zion renewed their demands to equip police officers with body-cams.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.