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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Pilsen Coffee Shop Hit Again By Anti-Gentrification Graffiti

There seems to be growing anger about who’s moving in to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.


George Ryan returned to his Kankakee home after being released from federal custody. (CBS)

George Ryan Resurfaces To Condemn Death Penalty

The disgraced former Illinois governor would like to see capital punishment abolished across the U.S.



Suburban Police Offer Heroin Addicts A Live-Saving Deal

Faced with an alarming rise in heroin use in the suburbs, one town is offering addicts a deal the could save their lives.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Financial Aid For State College Students May Soon Disappear

Illinois has now gone 100 days without a budget and today, another shoe drops.


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Wheels Disappearing Off SUVs In Lincoln Park

Not by themselves. Thieves are leaving the expensive vehicles on blocks. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Mario Casciaro (Credit: McHenry County Sheriff's Office)

Wrongfully Convicted Man Wants ‘To Prevent This From Happening To Next Person’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mario Casciaro was surrounded by his relatives as he left Menard State Prison on Wednesday, his murder conviction overturned by a state Appellate Court judge. On Thursday, he reflected on his judicial […]


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Alderman Floats Downtown ‘Driver Tax’ For Suburban Residents

Should suburban drivers who use downtown streets, be forced to pay a special daily fee for the privilege?


Rekia Boyd (Supplied Photo)

Pressure Grows For McCarthy To Dismiss Cop Who Fired Fatal Shot Into Crowd

More than 100 demonstrators gathered outside a meeting of the Police Review Board demanding that Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin be fired.


Sofelia Whitehead, left, with her child Mason Williams. (CBS)

Suit: Chicago Public Schools Bungled Contract For Special-Needs Nurses

The first day of school is supposed to be full of wonder and excitement for students. But for many special needs kids, it was anything but. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Lavelle Southern (courtesy: Maurice Southern)

Minister’s Son Among Chicago Gun Violence Victims This Labor Day Weekend

Lavelle Southern was killed early Sunday as he stood outside a West Loop club after a family birthday party.


Protesters stormed the stage at a budget forum Wednesday night. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Storm Stage At Emanuel Budget Forum

It was supposed to be a discussion about the new budget, but when the topic of Dyett High School closing came up, protesters marched toward the stage and the mayor


Fox Lake Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz

Dangers Of Police Work Hurting Recruitment Of New Officers

In Chicago and many other American cities, it seems to be getting harder and harder to recruit police officers. Applications are been going down dramatically in recent years.


Robert Corwin in his West Town condo. (CBS)

‘Airbnb’ Horror Story: Tenant Sublets Condo, Without Owner’s Permission

Recently Robert Corwin came back to Chicago and found a young couple living in the master bedroom. His liquor supply was gone and there was a hookah on the dining room table. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

School Board Votes To Close Lincoln-Way North High School

Now thousands of families are scrambling to figure out what’s next, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Bertha Honore Park. (Credit: CBS)

Parents, Attorneys Say State Law On Child Supervision Too Vague

How young is too young to leave a child alone, in the state of Illinois? The law says, under 14, for any unreasonable amount of time.


Romain Dukes (courtesy: Tasha Dukes)

Area Family Eager To Welcome Home Prisoner Freed By President Obama

Romain Dukes, will be freed from his federal prison cell in West Viriginia in November. He’s one of 46 non-violent drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama.


Surveillance images show a robbery in progress at a Hammond, Ind. smoke shop. (images provided)

Armed Suspects Rob Another Indiana Store

The clerk was tied up, robbed and thought he was going to die. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Michael Brown art exhibit in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Michael Brown Sr.: Chicago Art Exhibit On Son’s Death “Disgusting”

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports the art gallery on East 47th Street, is the now at the center of a controversy. The owners have received hate mail and threats about one of their exhibits.


NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08:  Traders wait on a nearly empty trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) after trading was halted due to a "technical glitch" on July 8, 2015 in New York City. Trading was to resume in the afternoon.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

United, NYSE Outages Stoke Fears About Vulnerability Of Computer Systems

CBS 2’s Mike Parker in every one of these breakdowns, it was computer technology, not a hostile set of attacks. But one local expert says more of those are sure to come and we should be ready.


A vigil in Glencoe for the victims of the Charleston church shooting. (CreditL CBS)

Victims Of Violence Learn To Forgive

(CBS) — You hear it from time to time, and it’s hard to imagine: victims of horrific violence forgiving the suspect. It’s even going on in the wake of the Charleston church shooting. CBS 2’s […]




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