Vince Gerasole

gerasole Vince GerasoleVince Gerasole serves as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. Gerasole joined the station in April 2001, and since that time he has anchored and reported for various station newscasts.

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Gerasole has been honored for excellence in broadcast journalism throughout his career. He was named the Best Broadcast Reporter in the state by the Associated Press of Illinois in 2002 and Best Newswriter in 2006 and 2007. He’s received 11 Emmy Awards for his work at CBS 2 Chicago, including three for outstanding individual reporting (2003, 2004, 2005), two for outstanding writing (2006 and 2007) and one for “Illinois Getaway Guide (2007)”, a half-hour special he wrote and hosted.

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Gerasole was honored by the Associated Press of Pennsylvania for Best Spot News Coverage. He received the Leonardo DaVinci Award for “Excellence in Communications,” from the Illinois chapter of the Sons of Italy, and “The David Award,” from Illinois’ Italo-American National Union. Both awards honored his commitment to the community. Gerasole is also the 2006 recipient of the Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. He is a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Excellence in Broadcast Food Reporting. Before working at CBS 2 Chicago, Gerasole was a general assignment reporter at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to that, Gerasole worked as an anchor and reporter at KHNL-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He also served as a Capitol Hill and White House correspondent in Washington, D.C., for Cox Broadcasting, and worked as an anchor and reporter at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and KCRL-TV in Reno, Nev. Gerasole, who is fluent in Italian, began his broadcasting career as a New York based field producer for the Italian Network RAI.

Vince graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science and Italian, and attended the University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gerasole, his wife and two daughters make their home in Evanston.

More than three dozen U.S. Marine Corps reservists who had been serving in Afghanistan were welcomed home in Joliet, Ill., on Dec. 18, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Marine Reservists Return Home To Joliet From Afghanistan

There were tears of joy and sighs of relief in Joliet on Sunday as more than three dozen Marine reservists were welcomed home from Afghanistan.

CBS 2–12/18/2011

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With Growing Cell Phone Use, ‘Butt Dials’ To 911 Also Rising

If you’ve ever received a call because someone you know “butt-dialed” you, you know how annoying it can be. But when someone “butt-dials” 911, it’s not just an inconvenience, it’s a public safety issue.

CBS 2–12/01/2011

A Chicago Target store.  (CBS)

Target To Black Friday Shoppers: Walk, Don’t Run (Forget That Commercial)

The deep discounts of Black Friday sales attract thousands of sometimes aggressive shoppers, but one retail chain is targeting safety concerns. Managers at Target are asking shoppers to put on the brakes.

CBS 2–11/22/2011

Holocaust survivor Margot Walton (CBS)

Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories

The U.S. Holocaust Museum may be in Washington D.C., but an annual Chicago fundraiser has become perhaps its largest fundraiser. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.


Should you 'friend' your bosses or co-workers? (CBS)

How To Navigate The Potential Pitfalls Of Facebook

Should you ‘friend’ your boss on Facebook? Your kids? Your parents? CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole gets some tips from an expert.


Four flights were stranded when they were diverted to Hartford, Conn. due to snow storms in the Northeast over the weekend. (CBS)

Area Couple Among The Passengers Stranded On Tarmac In Northeast

The American Airlines flight of Brent and Corey Stanley was one of four flights stranded at the Hartford, Conn. tarmac when winter storms hit the Northeast.


Facebook is getting ready to roll out its new "Timeline" feature for users. (Facebook)

New Facebook ‘Timeline’ Feature Has Some Users Worried

Get ready for the “Timeline,” Facebook’s newest feature. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports on what may scare some Facebook users.


Aurelio's Pizza was started in 1952. (CBS)

Aurelio’s: Knockoff Frozen Pizza Could Ruin Restaurant’s Reputation

A famous local pizzeria is suing a franchisee for reportedly tinkering with the recipe, CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.


Evergreen Park High School (CBS)

Controversy Swirls At Suburban High School Over Bathroom-Break Rationing

Evergreen Park High School officials reportedly are trying to put a lid on excessive bathroom breaks, but one parent thinks a new limit on toilet time during classes is excessive. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.


Thousands of runners participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Countless Stories Amid Thousands Of Marathon Runners

As the thousands of runners made their way through a colorful 26.2 miles of the city during the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, with every stride and every burst of encouragement, there was a story.

CBS 2–10/09/2011

Some families in Indiana can send their children to private schools using vouchers. (CBS)

School Voucher Program Begins In Indiana

Thousands of families are sending their children to private religious institutions with public funds. Indiana’s new school voucher system, approved last April and taking effect this fall, set it all in motion.


Benedictine University in west suburban Lisle (Credit: CBS)

Benedictine Offering Free Tuition To Long-Term Unemployed

In these days of high unemployment, a suburban university is giving the jobless a second chance. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports on the college that’s giving free tuition to the long-term unemployed.

CBS 2–09/20/2011

CPS Classroom

CPS Reviewing Relationship With Charter Schools

As Chicago Public Schools deal with a mounting financial crisis, some decisions about which schools to keep open will be based on how successful they’ve been. As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, the news is capturing the attention of the more than 90 charter schools in Chicago.

CBS 2–09/13/2011

Naperville on Sunday honored Navy Cmdr Dan Shanower, who died in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. (CBS)

Naperville Honors Native Who Perished At Pentagon

Dan Shanower, a 40-year-old U.S. Navy commander, was among the 183 killed when terrorists slammed a plane into the Pentagon where he worked.


Willis Tower (CBS)

9/11 Dealt A Blow To Willis Tower, But Chicago Icon Is Rebounding

A look back at the September 11th attacks includes a look up in Chicago to the Willis Tower. The Chicago icon was among those eventually named as a potential terror target.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2011

Sculptor Erik Blome has created a sculpture honoroing the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, using four steel beams from the World Trade Center. The sculpture will be dedicated in Oak Lawn on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Credit: CBS)

Oak Lawn To Dedicate 9/11 Sculpture With Beams From WTC

Among the many memorials planned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one in particular will bring actual pieces of the World Trade Center to Oak Lawn, permanently.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2011

Volunteers with Chicago White Sox Charities will be doing painting, landscaping and other rehab work at George B. McClellan Elementary School as part of a day of service for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Credit: CBS)

Local Charities Preparing A Day Of Service For 9/11 Anniversary

This year, to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to volunteer or do something good for their community in a national day of service. For several years now on that date, thousands of Chicagoans have been doing just that.

CBS 2–08/31/2011

Police officers respond to a simulated bank robbery during a high-tech training session at the Homeland Security Educaiton Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. (Credit: CBS)

High-Tech Center Helps Cops Train For Counter-Terrorism

It looked and sounded like the real deal – police officers shooting in the middle of a street during a terror plot gone wrong. Fortunately, it was just a training session.

CBS 2–08/17/2011

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Some Towing Companies Charging Drivers Too Much

They did something wrong and paid the price by getting their cars towed, but to make matters worse, they had to pay too much to get their cars back.

CBS 2–07/06/2011

Irish singer Bono of the Rock band U2 perfom on their 360Tour at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, on May 11, 2011. (Photo credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

U2 Fans Packing Soldier Field For Concert

The Bears aren’t playing anytime soon, but excited Chicagoans were getting ready to fill Soldier Field on Tuesday. Many have been up since early Tuesday morning outside the stadium for the U2 concert Tuesday night.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011