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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 video of the would-be burglar at Shambles Bar. (Credit: Shambles Bar)

Would-Be Burglar Thwarted After Pulling Door Marked ‘Push’

Ever walk up to a door, give it a tug, then realize you’re supposed to push, to get it open? Well that’s exactly what happened to a would-be burglar in Wicker Park who was caught on video tugging and tugging on an unlocked door that he just could not seem to open.

01/15/2014

Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzalez (Photo from DanceWorks Chicago website)

Dancer Dies After ‘Freak Occurrence’ At Rehearsal

A DanceWorks Chicago dancer died after a “freak occurrence” during a rehearsal Monday on the Northwest Side.

01/14/2014

This picture taken on November 8, 2012 shows Soren Kruse Ledet of Denmark setting a table during the International Georges Baptiste Cup world service competition in Tokyo. Ledet took second place in an awards ceremony of the competition on November 9 in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Chef Sour On Babies At Fancy Restaurants

Should babies be allowed at restaurants that cost a small fortune to enjoy? CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.

01/13/2014

A car spins it wheels on the South Side Thursday night. (CBS)

South Side Alderman Says City Is Diverting Road Salt From His Ward

Ald. Roderick Sawyer says his ward’s five trucks have been limited to one load of salt a day, and they’re often sent to salt a higher priority: Lake Shore Drive. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.

01/09/2014

Debbie Passerallo, the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Lee Williams. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier From Elkhart, Ind. Killed In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan

An Elkhart Indiana soldier has been identified as one of six GI’s killed in a single incident in Afghanistan Tuesday. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/18/2013

A.N. Pritzker School. (Credit: CBS)

Burglars Targeting Cars Of Parents Dropping Off Kids At Wicker Park School

Parents in Wicker Park are on the alert and so are area police. Those parents are being targeted by thieves when they’re picking up or dropping their kids off at school.

12/17/2013

These photos purport to show Jonathan Garcia bloodied and injured after a police interrogation. (Photos provided by Garcia family)

Suit: Waukegan Police Roughed Up Teen Boy During Interrogation

(CBS) – A 13-year-old boy says he was brutalized by Waukegan police late last month, and now two unnamed detectives and the city are facing a federal lawsuit. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports. On Monday, [...]

12/16/2013

Former Gov. George Ryan on Sunday talks about Nelson Mandela during a memorial service. (CBS)

Former Gov. Ryan Says Nelson Mandela Influenced The Clearing Of Illinois’ Death Row

Ryan, a free man since July, spoke during a memorial service for Mandela held in Chicago.

12/15/2013

A "Thin Ice" warning sign in Indiana. (CBS)

Lake Ice Is Still Dangerously Thin, Authorities Warn

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.

12/09/2013

Thulani Magwaza (CBS)

Chicago Priest From South Africa Says Mandela ‘Made Us Believe In Ourselves’

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with Thulani Magwaza, an associate pastor at St. Sabina’s Church.

12/05/2013

Surveillance video captures a man being robbed nby two women with a stun gun.

Robbers Attack Man With Stun Gun, Steal iPad Minis

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.

12/04/2013

A view from beneath Chicago's Loop. (CBS)

Beneath Chicago Streets, Homeless Huddle In The Cold

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.

11/29/2013

Aurelio's Pizza was started in 1952. (CBS)

Pizza A Popular Pick On Thanksgiving Eve

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.

11/27/2013

Keith Mohr of Sugar Grove recounts his encounter with a six-point buck indoors. (CBS)

Sugar Grove Man Does Battle With Six-Point Buck — Indoors

Keith Mohr received the house call of the wild. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.

11/21/2013

Coyote (Getty Images)

Animal Control Won’t Make Official Effort To Rid Coyotes From City Parks

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

11/20/2013

Wayne Lensing shows the original grave marker of Lee Harvey Oswald, now on display in Roscoe, Ill. (CBS)

Legal Controversy Surrounds Lee Harvey Oswald’s Grave Marker In Illinois

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.

11/15/2013

A boy looks at the debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12, 2013, after Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm in the world this year, hit the Philippines on November 8. (Photo credit: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Locals Generate Truckloads For Typhoon Relief, But Cargo Plane Is A No-Show

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.

11/14/2013

Bryce the dog and his owner Amy Silverman. (Credit: CBS)

Woman In Poland Helps Highland Park Family Find Their Missing Dog

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.

11/13/2013

This aerial photo shows a devastated area in the city of Tacloban, Leyte province, in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013, only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the town on November 8. Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors on November 11 after the super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people, in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

Filipino-Americans Anxiously Await Word About Loved Ones

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.

11/11/2013

Police on the scene following a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport (CBS)

Chicago-Area Man Wounded In LAX Shooting Speaks Out For First Time

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.

11/05/2013

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