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.

Several homes were without heat in the Gage Park neighborhood. (Credit: CBS)

Several Homes In Gage Park Without Heat After Gas Leak

About half-dozen homes were without heat after a gas leak in the Gage Park neighborhood on the South Side Tuesday evening.


Director of operations Ted Birren talks with CBS 2's Mike Parker. (CBS)

Rolling Meadows Students Forced Outside During Fire Alarm

An experiment in the science lab went awry Thursday afternoon, triggering a smoke alarm. That caused the evacuation of some 2,000 students and staff out of warm classrooms.


Firefighters carry an injured man on a stretcher in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving at least one dead according to a police source and "six seriously injured" police officers according to City Hall. (Photo credit: Philippe Dupeyrat/AFP/Getty Images)

Police Search For Gunmen In Terror Attack As Chicagoans Show Support For France

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the terrorists who stormed the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo magazine bent on mass murder, got what they wanted.


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Plenty Of Safe Alternatives To Driving Home After Celebrating New Year

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports staggering to the car should not be an option, there are other ways to do it and they’re safe.


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Experts Say New Year’s Eve A Great Time To Buy A Car

As the hours of 2014 dwindle down to a precious few, car dealers are scrambling to meet year-end sales quotas and sell off inventories to save on taxes.


This surveillance image shows burglars cleaning out a cell phone store in the Old Irving neighborhood. (Boost Mobile)

WATCH: Thieves Load Up On Smart Phones

The Boost Mobile store, in the 4000 block of West Montrose, has been victimized twice by classic dead-of-night heist artists, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Hundreds Of Students Sick With Flu In Oak Park School District

A total of 563 students missed school Monday in Oak Park Elementary School District 97 – or nearly 10 percent of the district’s entire school body – most of them with flu-like symptoms.


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Father Of Man Killed By Chicago Cops Urges Michael Brown’s Family To File Civil Suit

Night-time demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be tapering off and police and the National Guard are scaling back, but the parents of slain teenager Michael Brown continue to wrestle with what comes next.


A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Signs Indicate Flu Season Has Arrived

You may not want to give thanks for this: there are increasing signs that the flu season has arrived.


Fr. Michael Pfleger at a prayer service for Michael Brown. (Credit: CBS)

Fr. Pfleger, Rev, Jackson Hold Prayer Service On Ferguson Teen’s Death

Rev Jesse Jackson joined Father Michael Pfleger at St. Sabina Tuesday night in a special service that centered on the killing of Michael Brown.


Sammy Luther reported his bionic arm stolen after he discovered it missing on Oct. 18. It turned out he'd left it at a Subway restaurant in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Meanest Thief Award: Teen Boy’s Bionic Arm Stolen

Sammy Luther was born without a left arm and appreciated what technology had done for him. Then, a thief struck. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Retired Chicago Nurse To Travel To Liberia

Larry Turner is headed for ground-zero in the battle against Ebola: the West African nation of Liberia. He’s going with the group Partners in Health. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


A Bucktown neighborhood activist stands near a new digital billboard that has some residents agitated. (CBS)

Bucktown Residents: Electronic Billboard Is Gaudy, Annoying

A company that contracted with the city to put up digital advertising has inspired the wrath of some Northwest Side residents. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Police Commander Accused Of Brutality Has Many Supporters

Several Park Manor residents have rallied around Glenn Evans, the Chicago police commander who is accused of terrorizing a criminal suspect. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Gas Selling At Under $3 A Gallon At Some Chicago Area Stations

Drivers are doing double takes when they go to fill up.


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Cardinal George Honored In Washington State

George was the bishop of Yakima for six years in the 1990s, and was back to celebrate a Mass to dedicate the new Catholic high school gymnasium that has been named in his honor.


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BBB Issues Warning Over IRS Phone Scam

It’s one of the largest scams of its kind and victims are on the hook for more than a million dollars as con-artists pose as Internal Revenue Service agents.


Cardinal Francis George leads a mass of atonement and hope for survivors of clergy sex abuse at Holy Family Church. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Leads Special Mass For Sex Abuse Victims

It seemed a sign of the progress the Catholic Church has made in the wake of the clergy sex scandal.


Chatham resident John May says he was attacked by pit bulls. (CBS)

Pit Bulls Terrorize Chatham Neighborhood, Residents Say

Sixty-six-year-old Roland Hayes came home from Trinity Hospital Friday evening, bandages covering both his forearms. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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Police Board Fires Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun On Cabbie

Karl Clermont recalls the booze-fueled encounter he had with an off-duty Chicago police detective in April 2009. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.