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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.

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

The American Airlines departure board shows scores of canceled flights on Tuesday at O'Hare. (Credit: Susan Carlson/CBS)

Scattered Storms, Fog Force Hundreds Of Flight Cancellations

Thousands of travelers were left stranded at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday night, after thunderstorms prompted airlines to cancel nearly 600 flights.

06/19/2014

Photo Of Stun Gun (AP Photo)

Father Suing Police After Son Dies Following Use Of Stun Gun

It’s been a little more than a month since a father believes his son died as a result of what he says is police misconduct and that father is going public for the first time.

06/18/2014

Stanley Miller (Rolling Meadows Police Dept.)

Police Seek ‘Transient Criminal’ Who Attacked Elderly Woman In Her Home

A manhunt was underway Tuesday morning for a parolee accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s home over the weekend and beating her.

06/10/2014

John Wrana's stepdaughter Sharon Mangerson, holding a picture of John. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Park Forest Cop Pleads Not Guilty In WWII Vet’s Death

A Park Forest police officer has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in connection with the death of a 95-year-old man at a suburban senior facility last year.

04/29/2014

An especially cold and snowy winter left hundreds of thousands of potholes in the streets of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

City To Step Up Street Resurfacing This Year To Reduce Potholes

Driving on some Chicago streets has been more like going through an obstacle course this winter.

03/13/2014

Soldier Field is prepared for a Blackhawks game. (CBS)

Expect A Wintry Time At Soldier Field As Blackhawks Host Penguins

CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli reports from the outdoor sports venue on the lakefront.

02/28/2014

Almani Kreamer (family handout)

Driver In Fatal Olympia Fields Crash Was 13: Sources

The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Brookwood Terrace. Authorities believe the driver may have been speeding at the time of the accident.

11/28/2013

A group of veterans stands as they are being honored at Marengo High School (Credit: CBS)

Schools In Marengo Stay Open To Honor Veterans

Most students have today off , but not at one suburban high school. In fact, in Marengo hundreds of veterans are going to class along with the kids today.

11/11/2013

Rare and antique books line the shelves at Chetham Library, which was founded in 1653, making it the oldest public libary in the English speaking world on February 14, 2011 in Manchester, England. Chetham's Library, which was established under the Will of Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. Humphrey Chetham's Will stipulated that the Library should be 'for the use of schollars and others well affected', and instructed the librarian 'to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

LaGrange Park Library Still Seeking Identity Of Person Who Donated Nazi-Era Artifact

How did a rare Nazi propaganda book end up in the west suburban library’s drop box? CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

11/08/2013

An inmate who receives treatment for mental health at Cook County Jail. (CBS)

Inside Look: Cook County Jail’s Mental Health Dorm

For many, the only psychiatric care they ever get is when they are incarcerated. CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli reports.

10/04/2013

Sal Cavallaro, a hit-and-run victim, talks with CBS 2's Mike Puccinelli. (CBS)

Hit-And-Run Victim Makes Strides, Forgives Driver Who Nearly Killed Him

Salvatore Cavallaro was nearly killed when he was run down by a hit and run driver near the Brickyard Mall. CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli reports.

09/12/2013

Andrew O'Connell. (Family Photo)

Family Wants Answers After Attack In University Village Leaves Man In Coma

He was found beaten and bloodied on the ground in the 1400 block of West Taylor in University Village early Friday morning.

09/10/2013

(STEPHANIE PILICK/AFP/GettyImages)

Recorder Cracking Down On Home-Hijacking Fraud

(CBS) – The Cook County Recorder’s Office handles more than a million documents a year, making it the largest office of its kind in the country But some of those filing documents are criminals who [...]

09/05/2013

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