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.

Crowds begin hours before Game 3. (CBS)

Chicago Throwing World Series Party On Hold For 71 Years

More than six hours before the first pitch of Game 3, thousands of fans — many of them wearing jerseys with names like Banks, Sandberg and Rizzo on their backs — were already in the streets ringing Wrigley Field on Friday as the Cubs prepared to play the Cleveland Indians.

10/28/2016

Wrigleyville businesses cash in on Cubs win (CBS)

Wrigleyville Businesses Cashing In On Cubs Victory

After the famine of 71 years of baseball futility, businesses are cashing in on feast that is the Fall Classic.

10/27/2016

Security Ready For Home World Series Games

Chicago Police And OEMC Set Security Plan Ahead Of Home World Series Games

The first World Series game within the Friendly Confines since 1945 is sure to draw the crowds, and the city said it is prepared.

10/27/2016

Cook County Jail (CBS)

Cook County Wants Answers To Jail Brawl

A major brawl at Cook County Jail leaves almost a dozen people injured. The Cook County Sheriff’s office wants to know Wednesday how inmates got their weapons.

10/26/2016

Two People Dead After SWAT Standoff In West Town (CBS)

Two Found Dead After SWAT Standoff In West Town

A lengthy SWAT standoff in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood ended Tuesday night with two people dead.

10/26/2016

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Fans In And Around Wrigley Ready For Game 1

The game may be at Progressive Field, but there is still a lot going on at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

10/25/2016

Wicker Park Church Collapse (CBS)

Church Partially Collapses In Wicker Park

A vacant church under construction partially collapsed Monday morning in Wicker Park.

10/24/2016

Burglary And Arson At Northwest Side Church (CBS)

Burglary And Arson At Northwest Side Church

An arson fire broke out early Monday during a burglary at St. Genevieve Roman Catholic Church in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.

10/24/2016

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.

10/18/2016

Tied To Greatness (CBS)

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.

09/21/2016

south-loop-burglary

4 South Loop Businesses Burglarized Monday Night

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

09/13/2016

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.

09/07/2016

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

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.

08/19/2016

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.

03/13/2016

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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.

02/07/2016

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.

01/14/2016

Ambulance

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.

11/03/2015

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.

07/04/2015

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