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.
Bloomberg.com reports that Illinois, with its 14 nuclear plant sites, is the country’s biggest atomic dump site.
You may think you’re signing up for affordable health care, but experts say it could be a scheme to get you to enroll in something else. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Hundreds of Chicagoans are struggling through the cold with no heat. Their apartment complex in the near west side’s Medical District hasn’t turned it on.
A street drug has hit the streets of suburban Chicago. It can cause deadly gangrene infections just days after it’s used. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
A video posted on YouTube features music by the band Freezepop, pictures by an Andersonville surveillance camera — and a crime by an unidentified man.
Wladyslav “Walter” Bujak was on the bike trail doing what he loved. But Bujak did not finish his ride. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Richard Cowser died trying to break up a fight and a candle lighting ceremony reflected the respect he received from faculty and students alike.
Densey Cole II was injured in a shocking accident four years ago — and left a quadriplegic. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
There is growing frustration in Naperville about an out of control number of home burglaries in the last several weeks.
Kathy Gaarde’s husband and daughter spoke tonight about her loss, about the Chicago native who was one of those killed in Monday’s D.C. rampage.
Fifteen-year-old Diquan Thomas was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
The one-night-only drive-in theater was to show off Gary’s lakefront Marquette Park, newly refurbished at a cost of $30 million. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Two men have been charged in connection with the stabbing murder of a 49 year old West Side woman. Her body was wrapped up and hidden in a closet for days before it was found. CBS2’s Mike Parker reports.
A year ago, the average price for a gallon of regular was $4.35. On Monday, the price was $3.90. CBS 2′s Mike Parker explains.
The infamous “purple hotel” in Lincolnwood is now a shadow of its former self. Soon, it won’t even be that, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
CBS 2′s Mike Parker went to Nat King Cole Park, where an overnight campout began Friday night in a show of solidarity against gangs, drugs and guns. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
There was a massive show of support Wednesday night in the fight against violence in Uptown. Earlier this week five people were shot outside a church at Wilson and Sheridan.
An elderly man was struck and killed by a hit and run driver in Rogers Park at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses say the driver never looked back.
One of Chicago’s best known radio talk show hosts understands what obstacles Jesse Jackson Jr. is now facing. He’s been there, literally. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Thousands of fans, and the family that owns the Cubs honored Ernie Banks Tuesday night at Wrigley. CBS 2′s Mike Parker was there.