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.
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.
A DanceWorks Chicago dancer died after a “freak occurrence” during a rehearsal Monday on the Northwest Side.
Should babies be allowed at restaurants that cost a small fortune to enjoy? CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
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.
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.
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.
(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, [...]
Ryan, a free man since July, spoke during a memorial service for Mandela held in Chicago.
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.
CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with Thulani Magwaza, an associate pastor at St. Sabina’s Church.
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.
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.
Well we all know turkey is the most popular dish for Thanksgiving, but what are Chicagoans eating in record numbers Wednesday night? Believe it or not it’s pizza.
Keith Mohr received the house call of the wild. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
West Side residents expressed concern at a meeting Wednesday night about the growing population of coyotes. The meeting took places after a coyote may have been a child in the face last month at Columbus Park in the South Austin neighborhood
A Dallas man and his stepsister are suing the owner of a museum in the little Illinois town of Roscoe, near the Milwaukee border. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker explains, the nasty feud is over possession of the gravestone of JFK’s accused assassin.
A cargo plane that had been pledged by an unnamed philanthropist to take the goods to the Philippines has not yet materialized. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Who could have imagined it? A dog lost in Highland Park is found, thanks to a woman in Poland. How did it happen? CBS 2’s Mike Parker has this Original Report.
Chicago-area residents with ties to the Philippines are watching and waiting for any news following a devastating typhoon. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
A Chicago area man who was wounded in Friday’s shooting incident at the Los Angeles airport is telling his story for the first time. CBS2’s Mike Parker has it.