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.
People pointing lasers at airplanes – it happens time after time in Chicago, and it’s more than a harmless prank. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Several sharp metal screws were found embedded into the slides at an Oak Lawn Park. Officials say it was done with the intent of hurting the children who slide down it.
For two days now, four-year-old Antonio Pearson has been wailing for his mommy. He doesn’t really understand. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
In far north suburban Zion, police shot and wounded a suspect on a busy roadway Tuesday afternoon.
Betty Howard, 58, a special education teacher at Brooks College Prep in the Roseland neighborhood, was killed by gunfire last week inside the Chatham real-estate office where she worked at her second job.
Should the city of Chicago increase the minimum wage? On Wednesday, a group of aldermen plan to propose an ordinance eventually raising it to $15-an-hour.
A former state investigator believes he knows who killed Tammy Zywicki, more than two decades after the college student was abducted and murdered.
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.
It’s a debate that’s heating up, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
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.
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.
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.
Residents of Lyons got a chance to vent their frustrations about police layoffs at a town meeting Wednesday night.
They lost their jobs last week when the near west suburb of Lyons took drastic measures to fight financial troubles.
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.
A local elementary school is warning parents after learning a former tae kwon do instructor there was charged with molesting one of his students.
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.
By the thousands, fish are dying in the shallower man-made lakes of the Chicago area.
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.
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.