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.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at Valdosta State University February 29, 2016 in Valdosta, Georgia. On the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries, Trump is enjoying his best national polling numbers of the election cycle, increasing his lead over rivals Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Trump Supporters Answer: Why?

CBS 2’s Mike Parker spoke with some folks about why they’re becoming part of Donald Trump’s sometimes controversial political movement.

03/03/2016

Bobbie Hicks was the Chicago Archdiocese's first African-American lay teacher. (CBS)

Trailblazing Teacher Honored For Breaking Down Racial Barriers

The Chicago Archdiocese on Friday bestowed its Black Heritage Award to Bobbie Hicks, 92, the local Catholic school system’s first African-American teacher. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/26/2016

The bane of Chicago motorists: red-light cameras. (CBS)

Judge’s Ruling Calls Red Light, Speed CameraTickets Into Question

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports red light cameras are the bane of Chicago drivers, but now a Circuit Court judge has ruled that the city violated “fundamental principles of justice, equity and good conscience” in how it has run the program.

02/23/2016

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Watchdog Group: Design Flaw Likely Caused Megabus Fire

A transportation watchdog group tells CBS 2 it believes a design problem likely led to a fire on a Megabus over the weekend.

02/22/2016

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At Lurie Children’s Hospital, Dream Team Helps Kids Fight Brain Tumors

They’re on the job, thanks in large part to millions of dollars in donations in recent years, reports CBS 2’s Mike Parker.

02/17/2016

Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook at O'Hare Airport in July, 2014.

Apple Appealing Court Order To Break Into iPhone Of San Bernardino Shooter

CBS 2’s Mike Parker takes a closer look at the legal case, over a terrorist’s iPhone.

02/17/2016

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NW Side Candidate Could Become First Muslim Illinois State Rep.

In next month’s Illinois Primary, voters in one Chicago neighborhood have a choice to make that could be historic should they nominate a Muslim candidate, an immigrant from India to run for the state legislature.

02/16/2016

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Emanuel Launches Initiative To Help Chicago Home Buyers

Want to buy your first house, but the down payment and closing costs are too steep? The city wants to help, with a handout worth thousands of dollars. CBS 2’s Mike Parker explains how you can cash in.

01/25/2016

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Flint Water Crisis Dredges Up Bad Memories For Crestwood Woman

Before the debacle in Michigan there was the debacle in the south suburb. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/22/2016

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Wheaton College Faculty Says Administration Should Not Fire Professor

Prof. Larycia Hawkins stunned the administration last month when she said Muslims and Christians pray to the same god.

01/21/2016

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Police Documents: Cedrick Chatman Told Officers ‘I Give Up, I’m Shot’

Newly released police documents and some previously unseen videos are answering some questions about the 2013 officer-involved shooting death of Cedrick Chatman, but other questions are still unanswered.

01/15/2016

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Plenty Of Anger At Public Forum Asking For Input In Chicago Police Superintendent Search

The public got a chance to weigh in on Chicago’s search for a new police superintendent during a forum Tuesday night. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports at times, it wasn’t pretty.

01/12/2016

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Black Firefighters To Chicago Mayor: Oust Fire Commissioner

The African American Firefighters & Paramedics League, which held a news conference Thursday, says the biggest problem is the lack of hiring and promotion of black women. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/07/2016

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In Farewell Address, Education Secretary Arne Duncan Calls For More Action To Protect Children From Gun Violence

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports he’s coming back to Chicago with a mission.

12/30/2015

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Chicago Police Shootings Prompt Calls For More Tasers

Recent high profile Chicago Police shootings raise questions about some officers perhaps being trigger happy. Why don’t they use something like Tasers that stun but don’t kill?

12/29/2015

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Trial Begins For Police Commander Accused Of Sticking Gun Down Man’s Throat

A Chicago Police commander accused of a serious crime started the day with warm welcomes but that’s where the pleasantries end because this cop allegedly stuck a gun into someone’s mouth.

12/08/2015

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Dog Owners Pleased By Compromise To Allow Pooches On Path Through Maggie Daley Park

CBS 2’s Mike Parker explains the new rules.

11/18/2015

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Feds Seize Files, Computers As City Legislative Inspector General’s Office Shuts Down

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked to the watchdog who has had his last bark.

11/16/2015

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City Already Digging Up Newly Created Loop Link Bus Lane For Being Too Narrow

Crews are now back at work, tearing up the pavement again on eastbound Washington between Clark and Dearborn.

11/04/2015

Police respond to a fatal shooting at a South Side business Saturday. (CBS)

Police: Man Who Fatally Shot Robbery Suspect Won’t Face Charges

Chicago police will not charge a gun owner for using it to stop a robbery in a Southwest Side business Saturday.

11/02/2015

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