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.

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.

03/06/2015

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.

03/05/2015

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.

03/02/2015

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.

01/29/2015

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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.

01/19/2015

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.

12/26/2014

Moviegoers line up to see "The Interview" in Buffalo Grove. (Credit: CBS)

Moviegoers Line Up To See “The Interview”

It’s not the usual Christmas movie, but it’s all the buzz today as some Chicago area theaters are showing “The Interview.”

12/25/2014

A shooting left two people wounded at the 95th Red Line Station. (Credit: CBS)

Two Wounded In Shooting At 95th Street Red Line Station

A man and a woman were both shot and critically injured Wednesday night at the 95th Street Red Line station on the South Side.

12/25/2014

Police have released this image of a pair of suspects wanted in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred Halloween night in the West Loop. (Chicago Police Department)

Police Release Images Of Halloween Sexual Assault Suspects

Two women were sexually assaulted in the West Loop on Halloween, and police were asking for help tracking down the men they believe are responsible.

11/04/2014

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

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