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.
In January, a 50-year-old man fell through thin ice while trying to skate on Wolf Lake in Hammond, Ind. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with Thulani Magwaza, an associate pastor at St. Sabina’s Church.
A stun gun attack by two robbers has been caught on surveillance video. The assault happened Saturday night in Chicago’s West Loop. CBS 2’s Mike Parker tells the story in this Original Report.
There are an estimated 116,000 homeless in Chicago. Many of them camp out beneath the city, wrapped in tattered, filthy blankets. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Well we all know turkey is the most popular dish for Thanksgiving, but what are Chicagoans eating in record numbers Wednesday night? Believe it or not it’s pizza.
Keith Mohr received the house call of the wild. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
West Side residents expressed concern at a meeting Wednesday night about the growing population of coyotes. The meeting took places after a coyote may have been a child in the face last month at Columbus Park in the South Austin neighborhood
A Dallas man and his stepsister are suing the owner of a museum in the little Illinois town of Roscoe, near the Milwaukee border. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker explains, the nasty feud is over possession of the gravestone of JFK’s accused assassin.
A cargo plane that had been pledged by an unnamed philanthropist to take the goods to the Philippines has not yet materialized. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Who could have imagined it? A dog lost in Highland Park is found, thanks to a woman in Poland. How did it happen? CBS 2’s Mike Parker has this Original Report.
Chicago-area residents with ties to the Philippines are watching and waiting for any news following a devastating typhoon. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
A Chicago area man who was wounded in Friday’s shooting incident at the Los Angeles airport is telling his story for the first time. CBS2’s Mike Parker has it.
Bloomberg.com reports that Illinois, with its 14 nuclear plant sites, is the country’s biggest atomic dump site.
You may think you’re signing up for affordable health care, but experts say it could be a scheme to get you to enroll in something else. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Hundreds of Chicagoans are struggling through the cold with no heat. Their apartment complex in the near west side’s Medical District hasn’t turned it on.
A street drug has hit the streets of suburban Chicago. It can cause deadly gangrene infections just days after it’s used. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
A video posted on YouTube features music by the band Freezepop, pictures by an Andersonville surveillance camera — and a crime by an unidentified man.
Wladyslav “Walter” Bujak was on the bike trail doing what he loved. But Bujak did not finish his ride. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Richard Cowser died trying to break up a fight and a candle lighting ceremony reflected the respect he received from faculty and students alike.
Densey Cole II was injured in a shocking accident four years ago — and left a quadriplegic. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.