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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.

Murder victim Tammy Zywicki (Illinois State Police)

The Unsolved Tammy Zywicki Case: ‘Murder Is Forever,’ Says Former Investigator

A former state investigator believes he knows who killed Tammy Zywicki, more than two decades after the college student was abducted and murdered.

05/23/2014

Oak Lawn Community High School

Dozens Of Oak Lawn Students Miss Graduation After Cheating Scandal

It was graduation night in for 392 Oak Lawn High School seniors, but dozens of seniors did not get their diplomas because of a community service scandal.

05/21/2014

Firefighter Injured

Forget Presidential Library; Some South-Siders Want Trauma Center

It’s a debate that’s heating up, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/08/2014

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Lyons Residents Say Signs Supporting Police Stolen From Lawns

Cuts to the police department in suburban Lyons are not sitting well with some residents. Now there are claims somebody’s stealing signs that support fired officers.

05/07/2014

File photo of fire hydrants (Vince Bucci/ Getty Images)

Chicagoan Catches City Vehicle Blocking Fire Hydrant

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman says firefighters can lose precious seconds if a vehicle is keeping fire hoses from proper hookups. He calls it a safety hazard. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/05/2014

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South Elgin Residents Oppose ComEd Power-Line Plan

There’s a big power struggle in the western suburbs, with serious concerns about health and safety versus money. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/02/2014

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Lyons Residents Vent At Village Meeting On Police Layoffs

Residents of Lyons got a chance to vent their frustrations about police layoffs at a town meeting Wednesday night.

04/16/2014

Lyons Police patch.  (Credit: Lyons Police Department Website)

Laid-Off Lyons Police Officers Speak Out

They lost their jobs last week when the near west suburb of Lyons took drastic measures to fight financial troubles.

04/15/2014

Alderman John Arena. (Credit: CBS)

45th Ward Alderman John Arena Condemns Anonymous Robocall

A controversial robocall is raising eyebrows in Chicago’s 45th Ward. It mentions the local alderman by name and mentions 911 calls of domestic battery in his home.

04/09/2014

Triantafilos "Terry" Tottas. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Tae Kwon Do Instructor Charged With Molesting 8-Year-Old Student

A local elementary school is warning parents after learning a former tae kwon do instructor there was charged with molesting one of his students.

04/08/2014

This screen grab shows trouble brewing between a bar patron and wannabe Cubs mascot Billy Cub. (YouTube)

Wannabe Cubs Mascot Gives His Side Of Bar Brawl

He was caught on video this weekend throwing a punch in a Wrigleyville bar. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the man in the costume says there’s more to the story than the video shows.

04/07/2014

Dead fish in Lake Linden. (Credit: CBS)

Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Shores Of North Suburban Lakes

By the thousands, fish are dying in the shallower man-made lakes of the Chicago area.

04/01/2014

The bank-robbery suspect known as the "Shady Bandit." (FBI)

Separate Bandits Targeting Supermarket Bank Branches

The FBI calls her the “Shady Bandit,” because of her dark glasses. Another robber is a man the feds call the “Benchwarmer Bandit.” CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

03/28/2014

Oprah Winfrey attends Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center on May 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Oprah Arena Tour Bypasses Chicago

Tickets for the arena shows will be $99 apiece and $999 for a meet and greet with Oprah, but you won’t see her in Chicago.

03/26/2014

Sam Miller of Dallas (CBS)

Texas Man Facing Grim Prognosis Wants To Know: Is He The Kidnapped Fronczak Baby?

Meet Sam Miller of Dallas. He suffers from an incurable disease and may soon need a new kidney to survive. A blood relative could provide one. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/28/2014

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Chicago Home Surrounded By Ice After Broken Water Pipe Goes Unfixed

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports if you have to walk along West 87th Street and Union, tread very carefully. Part of this block is Chicago’s version of Ice Station Zebra.

02/27/2014

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)

Officers To Collect $2.4 Million In Settlement With Cook County

They say they were reprimanded for supporting Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s opponent and now 21 Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers are preparing to collect a $2.4 million settlement.

02/18/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

VIDEO: Would-Be Kidnappers Tour Torture Chamber

Federal prosecutors unveiled chilling video in the trial of former Chicago cop Steve Mandell. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/13/2014

Cigarettes that were being sold without the required Cook County tax stamp are organized before seizure by county revenue investigators. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Cracking Down On Illegal Cigarette Sales

Cook County is cracking down on illegal cigarettes being brought in to our area from out-of-state and being sold at deep discounts.

02/11/2014

A "Denver Boot" Wheel Lock (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

At One Chicago Strip Mall, Parking Lot Operators Give Motorists The Lightning-Quick Boot

Some customers says they’re getting booted seconds after getting out of their cars. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/07/2014

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