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.

Jamal Jones was subdued with a stun gun, dragged out of the passenger's seat of his girlfriend's car, and arrested after he repeatedly refused Hammond police officers' requests to exit the vehicle during a September traffic stop. (Credit: Kurtz Law Offices)

NAACP Wants Hammond Officers Fired Or Retrained Over Stun Gun Incident

Members of the NAACP were urging officials in Hammond to stop what the civil rights group calls aggressive treatment by police officers, concerned the northwest Indiana town might become the next Ferguson, Missouri.

10/10/2014

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Tuesday’s Crisp Weather A Chilly Surprise After Monday’s Summery Temps

It’s a harsh reality for some of us. With Oct. 1 knocking on our door, fall and a possibly frigid winter loom ahead.

09/30/2014

File Photo Of Chicago Police Car (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police Warn Of Robberies Near 35th Street Red Line Station

If you’re headed to U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday night for the White Sox game, be careful. Police have issued a warning that robbers are targeting people using the Red Line, demanding money and threatening physical violence.

09/25/2014

Supporters of Dyett High School in Washington Park stage a sit-in at City Hall to protest the school's closing. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Dyett High School Supporters Arrested After Staging City Hall Sit-In

Nearly a dozen demonstrators were arrested at City Hall late Tuesday night, after staging a sit-in for several hours to protest the looming closure of Dyett High School.

09/24/2014

One person was injured in a house explosion in Elgin. (CBS)

One Person Injured In Elgin House Explosion

One person was injured in a house explosion in Elgin on Monday night, causing about $150,000 in damage, according to fire officials.

09/16/2014

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Quinn, Rauner Out Campaigning At Labor Day Parades

It’s Labor Day, but the candidates for governor are not taking a holiday break.

09/01/2014

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Two Drown In Separate Incidents In Chicago Area

For many, Labor Day means a day on the water but this year might be a little more dangerous than year’s past. Already this holiday weekend, two people drowned in the area.

09/01/2014

A young woman woke up to find a man straddling her in bed, his hands at her throat, after he broke into her condo in Buffalo Grove. (Credit: CBS)

Police Still Searching For Buffalo Grove Home Invader

Buffalo Grove police are hunting tonight for a home invader who may be targeting women in one of the village’s apartment complexes.

08/19/2014

Castro, an Italian mastiff was shot and killed by police who were responding to an armed robbery. (Family provided photo)

Family Upset After Chicago Cops Fatally Shoot Dog, Fail To Catch Robber

A South Side family is angry because police shot their dog and then failed to catch an armed robber even though he was hiding out just feet from where they were standing, reports CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli.

08/18/2014

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Buffalo Grove Woman Awakes To Find Strange Man Straddling Her

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, police were called to a condo in the 1100 block of Miller Lane in Buffalo Grove, after a woman woke up to find a strange man straddling her on her bed. She immediately began fighting him off, and he ran out of the condo through an open patio door.

08/12/2014

A CTA train. (CBS)

CTA Blue Line Work To Close California, Damen Stations

A half-billion dollar CTA renovation project on the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line will mean two stations will close for several weeks this fall. The California stop will be closed for six weeks starting next month; and the Damen stop will be closed for nine weeks, starting in October.

08/11/2014

Some residents in west suburban Bellwood had to throw away furniture damaged by flooding from Monday night's storm. (Credit: CBS)

Bellwood Hit Hard By Flooding From Monday’s Storm

Many suburban communities suffered water damage overnight, due to flash flooding from the heavy downpour of Monday night’s storm. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports one of the hardest-hit areas was west suburban Bellwood, where floodwater surrounded many homes and inundated several streets.

08/05/2014

Police in south suburban Homewood conduct a critical incident drill to prepare for the event of a mass shooting at a school. (Credit: Village of Homewood)

Suburban Cops Run School Shooting Drill To Prepare For The Worst

Would your child know what to do in a school emergency? Would you know how to react? The village of Homewood on Tuesday held a critical incident drill to help everyone prepare.

07/29/2014

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. (Credit: CBS)

Chicagoans Pray For Victims Of Malaysian Airlines Crash In Ukraine

The prayers at services around the world are echoed here in Chicago on the first Sunday since the tragedy.

07/20/2014

Protesters gather outside the offices of Israeli diplomats Friday. (CBS)

Protesters Stage Demonstration Outside Israeli Consulate In Chicago

Two members of the Christian Peacemaker team were arrested as they knelt inside the lobby of the building that houses Israel’s diplomatic team here. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

07/18/2014

An unused visiting room in a super maximum security area of Cook County Jail, where Farad Polk became trapped for 32 hours after he walked into the room, and the door locked behind him. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Jail Offers Glimpse Of Room Where Man Was Trapped For 32 Hours

Farad Polk went to Cook County Jail on the evening of July 5, to visit his son, and ended up imprisoned himself inside a small visiting room in the super maximum security Division 9 area of the jail.

07/16/2014

Shivering members of the Tops West Cook YMCA Swim Team rush to find a towel to dry off and warm up amid unusually chilly conditions for mid-July in the Chicago area. (Credit: CBS)

Chilly Temperatures Have Swimmers Wishing For Real Summer Weather

As of late Tuesday morning, the official temperature in Chicago was only 64 degrees, which is the normal low for mid-July. The average temperature for July 15 is 74 in Chicago, and the normal high is 85, according to the National Weather Service.

07/15/2014

A patio between two buildings in the West Town neighborhood collapsed into a 10-foot-deep void space early Friday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

Patio Collapses In West Town

Around 1 a.m. Friday, a vaulted patio between two buildings in the 1400 block of West Chicago Avenue collapsed into a 10-foot void space. Luckily, no one was on or under the patio when it fell.

07/04/2014

Chicago police investigate after a robbery turned into a shootout in Washington heights late Wednesday night. (Credit: CBS)

Botched Robbery Leaves 3 Shot In Washington Heights

A robbery attempt turned into a shootout in the Washington Heights neighborhood late Wednesday night. Three people ended up shot in an apartment building in the 1400 block of West 90th Street, including the robbers.

07/03/2014

The Eisenhower Expressway flooded in Broadview on Tuesday, prompting police to shut down lanes in both directions for several hours. (Credit: CBS)

Eisenhower Reopened After Storm Caused Flooding In Broadview

Road crews will be out on the Eisenhower Expressway on Wednesday to investigate what caused the roadway to flood so badly in west suburban Broadview, forcing authorities to close part of the interstate for more than seven hours.

06/25/2014

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