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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.

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

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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

Surveillance video of a possible suspect in a Humboldt Park home invasion.

Suspects In Humboldt Park Home Invasion Caught On Camera

A surveillance camera captured video of suspects after a home invasion where a man was badly beaten. The incident happened in the 2600 block of West Potomac Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

08/28/2013

Michael, 15, was charged with disorderly conduct after calling 911 when his friend, Danny, blacked out from alcohol poisoning. A state law protects someone who calls for help about a person overdosing from drugs, but doesn't apply to kids involved in underage drinking. (Credit: CBS)

Teen Charged After Helping Friend Dying From Alcohol Poisoning

15-year-old Michael thought he was doing the right thing in April of 2012 when he decided to call the police at a house party in order to save his friend’s life.

08/05/2013

The call center at Teleperformance in Hobart, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Hobart, Ind. Company Grows With Economy

Business is booming so much at Teleperformance that by Sept. 1 they hope to have this 700-station call center operating at full capacity. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

08/02/2013

A man is seen typing on his laptop

Amid Job Cuts, CPS Looking At Moving Gym, Music, Art Classes Online

School officials say for five years some students have been taking those classes online. Parents, though, were surprised to learn of the program. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

07/25/2013

Giovanni Donancricchia, slain inside his restaurant. (Credit: Donancricchia Family)

Cicero Pizzeria Reopens 1 Week After Owner Fatally Shot

A Cicero family pizzeria re-opens for business just one week after the owner was shot and killed in a robbery.

06/29/2013

Cook County Sheriff's police handcuff a man suspected of being a deadbeat dad. (CBS)

Sheriff’s Police Go After Deadbeat Parents Before Father’s Day

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department targeted a group of deadbeat parents who collectively owe $1 million in back child support. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

06/14/2013

An abandoned house in Calumet City after there was an explosion. (CreditL CBS)

No One Hurt In Calumet City House Explosion

No ones was hurt when an explosion occurred in an abandoned house in Calumet CityA side wall completely stripped of its brick facade. A front window blown out. A back wall about to collapse. It’s the aftermath of a gas explosion in Calumet City.

06/08/2013

Mariah Faith Ross made her arrival a little early, and outside a Chicago hospital. (CBS)

Baby Makes Early Arrival As Mom’s Ride Rolls Up To Hospital

Mariah Faith Ross’s entry into the world wasn’t inside a hospital as planned — but outside Northwestern’s front doors on Thursday. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

06/07/2013

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Man’s Fight With West Nile Highlights Danger Of Virus

Health authorities are warning people to be on guard against mosquitoes this summer. Just this week, the first case of West Nile Virus was discovered in a pool of tainted water sampled in Hillside.

06/05/2013

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Man Shot To Death At Avalon Park Party

It appears Maxwell was trying to get some uninvited guests to leave the party when someone in the group pulled out a gun.

06/01/2013

A Crimestoppers bulletin is displayed near a GameStop store. (CBS)

Serial Robber Hits GameStop Locations

Over the past six years, investigators believe the gunman has hit stores in Chicago, Calumet City, Evergreen Park, Oakbrook Terrace, North Riverside, Berwyn and Munster, Ind. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

05/24/2013

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