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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.

Cigarettes that were being sold without the required Cook County tax stamp are organized before seizure by county revenue investigators. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Cracking Down On Illegal Cigarette Sales

Cook County is cracking down on illegal cigarettes being brought in to our area from out-of-state and being sold at deep discounts.

02/11/2014

A "Denver Boot" Wheel Lock (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

At One Chicago Strip Mall, Parking Lot Operators Give Motorists The Lightning-Quick Boot

Some customers says they’re getting booted seconds after getting out of their cars. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

02/07/2014

Aurora firefighters dig out a buried fire hydrant. (Credit: CBS)

Aurora Asks Residents To Help Uncover Fire Hydrants Buried Under Snow

With more snow coming, a lot of stuff is getting buried.

02/04/2014

A speed camera system in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Revolt Brewing Over Chicago’s Traffic Cameras

Citizens Against Red Light Cameras –- now including speed cameras –- have gathered 52,000 signatures on a petition to call on the City Council to abolish the cameras. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/31/2014

A snow plow in Elgin (CBS0

Elgin Plow Drivers Prepare For 39th ‘Snow Event’ Of The Season

Road crews in Elgin haven’t had a full weekend off since November. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/30/2014

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Suburban School Bus Picked Up Kids Despite Not Having Any Heat

In this bitter cold: a suburban bus driver says she had to get medical attention after being issued a bus with no working heat.

01/28/2014

Cold Thermometer

Cold Claims Another Life As City Workers Take Census Of Homeless

A man believed to in his 60s and homeless was found frozen to death Wednesday night in the alley behind the 3200 block of West Fullerton in Logan Square.

01/22/2014

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Boy Scout Saves Kid Who Falls Through Ice In Oswego

A suburban teen is getting a little hero treatment at home these days, for helping to save the life of another child. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/16/2014

Surveillance video of the would-be burglar at Shambles Bar. (Credit: Shambles Bar)

Would-Be Burglar Thwarted After Pulling Door Marked ‘Push’

Ever walk up to a door, give it a tug, then realize you’re supposed to push, to get it open? Well that’s exactly what happened to a would-be burglar in Wicker Park who was caught on video tugging and tugging on an unlocked door that he just could not seem to open.

01/15/2014

Marco Antonio Huicochea Gonzalez (Photo from DanceWorks Chicago website)

Dancer Dies After ‘Freak Occurrence’ At Rehearsal

A DanceWorks Chicago dancer died after a “freak occurrence” during a rehearsal Monday on the Northwest Side.

01/14/2014

This picture taken on November 8, 2012 shows Soren Kruse Ledet of Denmark setting a table during the International Georges Baptiste Cup world service competition in Tokyo. Ledet took second place in an awards ceremony of the competition on November 9 in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Chef Sour On Babies At Fancy Restaurants

Should babies be allowed at restaurants that cost a small fortune to enjoy? CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/13/2014

A car spins it wheels on the South Side Thursday night. (CBS)

South Side Alderman Says City Is Diverting Road Salt From His Ward

Ald. Roderick Sawyer says his ward’s five trucks have been limited to one load of salt a day, and they’re often sent to salt a higher priority: Lake Shore Drive. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

01/09/2014

Debbie Passerallo, the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jesse Lee Williams. (Credit: CBS)

Soldier From Elkhart, Ind. Killed In Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan

An Elkhart Indiana soldier has been identified as one of six GI’s killed in a single incident in Afghanistan Tuesday. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/18/2013

A.N. Pritzker School. (Credit: CBS)

Burglars Targeting Cars Of Parents Dropping Off Kids At Wicker Park School

Parents in Wicker Park are on the alert and so are area police. Those parents are being targeted by thieves when they’re picking up or dropping their kids off at school.

12/17/2013

These photos purport to show Jonathan Garcia bloodied and injured after a police interrogation. (Photos provided by Garcia family)

Suit: Waukegan Police Roughed Up Teen Boy During Interrogation

(CBS) – A 13-year-old boy says he was brutalized by Waukegan police late last month, and now two unnamed detectives and the city are facing a federal lawsuit. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports. On Monday, [...]

12/16/2013

Former Gov. George Ryan on Sunday talks about Nelson Mandela during a memorial service. (CBS)

Former Gov. Ryan Says Nelson Mandela Influenced The Clearing Of Illinois’ Death Row

Ryan, a free man since July, spoke during a memorial service for Mandela held in Chicago.

12/15/2013

A "Thin Ice" warning sign in Indiana. (CBS)

Lake Ice Is Still Dangerously Thin, Authorities Warn

In January, a 50-year-old man fell through thin ice while trying to skate on Wolf Lake in Hammond, Ind. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/09/2013

Thulani Magwaza (CBS)

Chicago Priest From South Africa Says Mandela ‘Made Us Believe In Ourselves’

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with Thulani Magwaza, an associate pastor at St. Sabina’s Church.

12/05/2013

Surveillance video captures a man being robbed nby two women with a stun gun.

Robbers Attack Man With Stun Gun, Steal iPad Minis

A stun gun attack by two robbers has been caught on surveillance video. The assault happened Saturday night in Chicago’s West Loop. CBS 2’s Mike Parker tells the story in this Original Report.

12/04/2013

A view from beneath Chicago's Loop. (CBS)

Beneath Chicago Streets, Homeless Huddle In The Cold

There are an estimated 116,000 homeless in Chicago. Many of them camp out beneath the city, wrapped in tattered, filthy blankets. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

11/29/2013

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