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.

Surveillance images show a robbery in progress at a Hammond, Ind. smoke shop. (images provided)

Armed Suspects Rob Another Indiana Store

The clerk was tied up, robbed and thought he was going to die. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Michael Brown art exhibit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Michael Brown Sr.: Chicago Art Exhibit On Son’s Death “Disgusting”

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the art gallery on East 47th Street, is the now at the center of a controversy. The owners have received hate mail and threats about one of their exhibits.


NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

United, NYSE Outages Stoke Fears About Vulnerability Of Computer Systems

CBS 2’s Mike Parker in every one of these breakdowns, it was computer technology, not a hostile set of attacks. But one local expert says more of those are sure to come and we should be ready.


A vigil in Glencoe for the victims of the Charleston church shooting. (CreditL CBS)

Victims Of Violence Learn To Forgive

(CBS) — You hear it from time to time, and it’s hard to imagine: victims of horrific violence forgiving the suspect. It’s even going on in the wake of the Charleston church shooting. CBS 2’s […]


The FBI traced the celebgate hack to this Brighton Park bungalow.  (Credit: CBS)

FBI Traces ‘Celebgate’ Nude Photo Hack To Chicago Home

The FBI has traced a computer to the South Side of Chicago. CBS 2’s Mike Parker found the house in question.


Destiny Horton (courtesy: Trice Horton)

Family Mourns Teen Girl Killed In Tri-State Accident

Destiny Horton’s happy last hours were spent with her cousin and other relatives at Great America. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Surveillance video shows a thief breaking into a liquor store office. (Santori's Liquors/Lansing Police)

WATCH: Woman Breaks Into Liquor Store Office, Steals Cash — Smiles

How did money just vanish from a south suburban liquor store? Management wanted to find out, so they checked out their surveillance video. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


racist graffiti

South Loop Family Repeatedly Subjected To Racist Graffiti

In this Original Report, CBS 2’s Mike Parker shows us how it’s affecting the family that’s growing more frustrated with each incident.


This Roseland home was a foreclosure, and the former owner reportedly refuses to move out. (CBS)

Family Buys Roseland Home But Can’t Get Squatter Out

(CBS) – A Chicago family purchased a home months ago, only to find a squatter living in it. The new owners say they are paying bills in a house they can’t live in. CBS 2’s […]



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.




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