Mike 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).
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.
There is growing frustration in Naperville about an out of control number of home burglaries in the last several weeks.
Kathy Gaarde’s husband and daughter spoke tonight about her loss, about the Chicago native who was one of those killed in Monday’s D.C. rampage.
Fifteen-year-old Diquan Thomas was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
The one-night-only drive-in theater was to show off Gary’s lakefront Marquette Park, newly refurbished at a cost of $30 million. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Two men have been charged in connection with the stabbing murder of a 49 year old West Side woman. Her body was wrapped up and hidden in a closet for days before it was found. CBS2’s Mike Parker reports.
A year ago, the average price for a gallon of regular was $4.35. On Monday, the price was $3.90. CBS 2′s Mike Parker explains.
The infamous “purple hotel” in Lincolnwood is now a shadow of its former self. Soon, it won’t even be that, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
CBS 2′s Mike Parker went to Nat King Cole Park, where an overnight campout began Friday night in a show of solidarity against gangs, drugs and guns. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
There was a massive show of support Wednesday night in the fight against violence in Uptown. Earlier this week five people were shot outside a church at Wilson and Sheridan.
An elderly man was struck and killed by a hit and run driver in Rogers Park at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses say the driver never looked back.
One of Chicago’s best known radio talk show hosts understands what obstacles Jesse Jackson Jr. is now facing. He’s been there, literally. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Thousands of fans, and the family that owns the Cubs honored Ernie Banks Tuesday night at Wrigley. CBS 2′s Mike Parker was there.
The City of Evanston appears to be losing the fight to save its remaining 2000 ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer. CBS 2’s Mike Parker has this Original Report.
Every year some 800 to 900 property thefts are reported on CTA trains. Most of the stolen items are I-Phones or other electronic devices. The thefts, as Mike Parker reports, follow a familiar pattern, a pattern you should know about.
Experts say the problem drugs are Ecstasy, a combination amphetamine and hallucinogen, and its sister drug, “Molly.” CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
He was the original Mayor Daley…Richard J…Chicago’s mayor during three decades. Now thanks to a newly opened research center at UIC, scholars and researchers can learn even more about this colorful character, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.
Dozens of Chicago area bikers hit the road to fight gun violence.
The Evanston City Council rejected a plan by James Pritzker to convert a mansion into a hotel. Alderman voted 6-3 against the plan.
From Jan. 1 to July 1, 18 heroin-related deaths were reported. But suddenly in the last 17 days, there were 15 more heroin overdose fatalities. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
For the first time this summer, workers are spraying on the Northwest and Southwest Sides because mosquitoes there tested positive for the illness. But some residents say they weren’t notified about the spraying, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.