Mike Puccinelli

puccinelli Mike PuccinelliMike Puccinelli serves as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

Puccinelli joined CBS 2 Chicago in December 2004. Previously, Puccinelli served as anchor/reporter for WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn. (1999-2004). Prior to that, he worked for WEVV-TV in Evansville, Ind. as a weekend anchor (1997-1999) and at KFXB-TV in Dubuque, Iowa as an anchor (1995-1996).

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Earlier in his career, he worked at CNN Business News in New York as a freelance production assistant and later as an associate producer (1992-1994). He began his broadcasting career at CNN in Chicago as an intern.

He also interned for the MacNeil/ Lehrer NewsHour. Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, he worked as a high school teacher and swimming coach in Cicero, Ill. In 2008, Puccinelli was part of the reporting team that won a local Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Spot News for coverage of the NIU shootings in DeKalb, IL.

Puccinelli graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. with a B.S. in Political Science. He also attended Columbia College in Chicago. He grew up in Oak Park and attended Oak Park River Forest High School. He now lives in the western suburbs with his daughter Ophelia.

A 2800-year-old mummy that's been in storage for years has been in the collection of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute for more than a century. But today it's being CT scanned for the first time ever. | CBS 2 Chicago

Chicago Doctors Studying Human Body By Giving Mummy Digital Autopsy

Doctors in Chicago are turning to a female mummy to answer some questions, but they’re doing so digitally.


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Program Teaches Boys How To Tie Ties, Prepares Them For Successful Future

Eighth-grade boys were shown how to tie ties on Wednesday at Learn 8 Middle School, in East Garfield Park as a part of the ‘Tied to Greatness’ program.



4 South Loop Businesses Burglarized Monday Night

Four stores–all within a mile of each other–were hit.


Exactly 15 years ago tonight, 15-year-old David Dominguez was killed in the Lincoln Square area.

Family Of 15-Year-Old Boy Killed 15 Years Ago Still Search For Answers

For the first time since his killing 15 years ago, the father of David Dominguez is speaking out.


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Today’s Practice Schedule For The Air And Water Show

If you can’t make it to the main event this weekend, and you happen to be downtown, you can still get a glimpse of the acts for the Air And Water Show.


Police clear UIC Pavilion after a Donald Trump rally was cancelled. (CBS/Dana Kozlov)

Anti-Trump Protesters Planning Demonstration At Trump Tower Monday

In campaign 2016: Donald Trump is back in Illinois.


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Super Bowl A Big Day For Pizza Delivery

The Super Bowl is a huge day for Chicago area restaurants. Sports bars with big screen TVs and especially places that deliver pizza.


Eric Tonson talks with CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli about the night in 2007 in which he was shot by police. (CBS)

Man Recalls Confrontation With Chicago Cop At Center Of Latest Video Controversy

On a night in 2007, police stopped Eric Tonson and ordered him to the ground. Someone — possibly Chicago Police Officer Kevin Fry — shot him in the neck. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.



Baby Found Abandoned On Stairs At Closed Medical Building

A baby girl was found abandoned early Tuesday at a closed medical building in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood on the Near West Side.


Beer trucks lined Clark Street in Wrigleyville on Friday, making sure bars had plenty of suds on hand for Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Cardinals. (Credit: CBS)

Wrigleyville “Busy Like Summertime” Ahead Of Cubs-Cardinals Playoff Matchup

It’s playoff pandemonium in Chicago. The mood is electric as Cubs fans can barely wait for Friday night’s National League Division Series opener against the archrival Cardinals in St. Louis.

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Grateful Dead fans Robert and Julia McKenna. (Credit: CBS)

After Tickets Never Arrived, Couple Celebrating Anniversary Still Get To See Grateful Dead Show

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli has the story of one Tennessee couple’s long, strange trip to the front of the stage.


Men line up at the Center on Halsted for the Meningitis vaccine. (Credit: CBS)

Free Meningitis Vaccines Offered At Pride Fest

As Chicago gears for the Pride Parade, celebrations come with concerns about a health alert in the gay community.


Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Jail Running Transition Center For Mentally Ill Inmates

The county’s jailers are trying a new approach, says Sheriff Tom Dart. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.


The owner of this house that went up in flames March 4 says firefighters told her earlier that everything was OK. (CBS)

Displaced Chicagoan: Firefighters Said My House Was OK, Before It Burned Down

Firefighters initially came to Janice Hooper’s house after she smelled something burning and called 9-1-1 late Wednesday night. Hooper says they searched the house, found no heat source and left. Soon, the house burned down.


The Cubs expect the left-field bleachers to be ready by May 11, but the right-field bleachers won't open until June. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Wrigleyville Residents Air Grievances With Cubs

CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports on a meeting between locals and Cubs representatives.


Drew Peterson (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Drew Peterson To Appear In Court Tuesday In Murder For Hire Plot

The former Bolingbrook cop convicted of killing one wife and suspected in the disappearance of another heads back to court Tuesday, reports CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli.


The White House viewed through a gate in front of the building. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Nine Bowen High School Students Will Visit The White House

The representatives are members of the Working on Womanhood program. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.


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UIC Study Finds Pizza Significantly Increases Kids’ Caloric Intake

It’s a type of food that’s so popular it could almost be considered a staple in the diet of the typical American young person. But as CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, eating pizza comes with a cost.


Armed robbers hit this Albany Park convenience store. (CBS)

Convenience Store Clerk Fires Shots At Armed Robbers In Albany Park

Police say two gunmen walked inside the 7-Eleven in the 2900 block of West Montrose in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.



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