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.
Where’s St. Patrick when you need him? The South Side neighborhood of Bridgeport is seeing an influx in harmless, but slithery, garter snakes. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Residents of one of Chicago’s Northwest side neighborhood are demanding that the kids who use a park play lot be protected from possible drowning. They voiced their concerns to CBS 2’s Mike Parker who has this Original Report.
The Meacham Grove Forest Preserve is 252 magnificent acres of prairies, fishing spots, jogging and bike trails and thick woodlands. In those woods, something lurks. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
First Class Petty Officer Aaron Haines waited anxiously Friday night at the Louis Joliet Mall. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
At one of the schools ordered closed by CPS – there was quiet opposition from some parents today…and some seemed resigned to what is about to happen. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Opponents of the Chicago public schools closing plan are taking the gloves off…in the streets and in the courts. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
A little-discussed, under-the-radar lawsuit is making its way through the courts and could, if successful, declare the Chicago parking meter deal to be illegal. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.
Chicago’s running community is showing its support for Boston and the victims of Monday’s tragic bomb attack. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, it happened Tuesday night.
Some Chicago area Korean-Americans are reacting with a little more fear and trepidation about North Korean threats, than South Koreans seem to be.
Black Oak has been decaying for decades, and nobody’s done a thing about it, CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
Ebert, who had battled cancer the past decade, was laid to rest Monday after a funeral at Holy Name Cathedral.
An “intimidating package” containing a goat’s head was dropped off at Wrigley Field Wednesday afternoon for Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts
Chicago police officers were out in force Friday night, nearly a week after youths caused disturbances near and along the Magnificent Mile.
Ald. Brenan Reilly promised people would be “tripping over” police at Chicago’s premier retail district. And sure enough, the area was flooded by officers Friday night.
Police in one southwest suburb plan to stick a lot of paper on the windshields of cars this Spring. They’re not tickets however. As CBS2’s Mike Parker reports they are messages intended to fight crime.
For three days, William Tapes was an FBI fugitive, walking the streets and sleeping on CTA trains and buses. CBS 2′s Mike Parker was there when he surrendered to authorities.
There may be a break soon in the case of that wild FBI shooting incident in the Near West Side medical district Monday. CBS2 was contacted by a woman who says she was in the car targeted by a federal agent. Our camera was there when she went to FBI headquarters to discuss it. Mike Parker has this Original Report.
The season hasn’t even started yet, but in Wrigleyville tonight, they are talking baseball and what, if any changes, will really happen at the friendly confines.
They tell CBS 2’s Mike Parker they want action to stop the crooks.
An Evanston nightclub has announced it’s canceling an upcoming concert because of an anti-gay rant on stage by the performer.