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.

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Bridgeport Residents Complain About Noise From Jets Headed To Midway

The folks in Bridgeport are trying to get used to the new sound of big passenger jets flying overhead headed for Midway.

06/18/2014

This screen grab shows shoplifting suspects scuffling with a security guard. (K & G Fashion)

VIDEO: Store Clerk Stands Up To Shoplifting Mob

A dozen or so people came to the Grand Crossing neighborhood K & G Clothing store, but not in search of advertised bargains. They came to steal, as a pack, and in broad daylight. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

06/16/2014

Buddy reunited with Emma. (Credit: Cindy Hall)

Valparaiso Family Reunited With Missing Dog

A northwest Indiana family has been reunited with their missing dog on Saturday.

06/13/2014

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FBI Offers Reward To Find The Pranksters Pointing Lasers At Planes

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.

06/12/2014

The screws have now been removed from the slides at the Oak Lawn playground. (Credit: CBS)

Screws Found Embedded In Slide At Oak Lawn Playground

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.

06/11/2014

Michelle Pearson (handout)

Young Mother On Life Support After Being Shot In Face

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.

06/09/2014

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Suspect Wounded In Police-Involved Shooting Zion

In far north suburban Zion, police shot and wounded a suspect on a busy roadway Tuesday afternoon.

06/03/2014

Special education teacher Betty Howard and her son, James Washington. (Family Photo)

Reward Increased To Find Shooter In Teacher’s Death

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.

06/02/2014

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Aldermen Proposing To Raise City Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

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.

05/27/2014

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

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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

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