Charlie De Mar

charlie de mar Charlie De MarCharlie De Mar is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2.

De Mar came to CBS 2 from WTTV and WXIN, the CBS and Fox stations in Indianapolis, IN, where he has reported lead stories for the stations’ evening newscasts.

De Mar is credited with establishing a local crime reporting franchise series at CBS4/FOX 59. His work has also had a national impact, and a series of reports led to the introduction of a new federal law that would hold all Veterans Affairs hospitals more accountable for their prescribing practices.

De Mar graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2012, where he earned a BA in broadcast journalism and minored in marketing.

A Lincoln Park native, his favorite professional teams are the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks.

Man Killed In Shootout With Park Forest, Richton Park Officers

A man was shot in the head in the 400 block of Suwanee Street around 2 p.m. Monday, according to the Park Forest Police Department. The altercation started in Park Forest and ended in Richton Park. 

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Girl Shot On Porch Speaks Out Against Gun Violence, Two Years Later

It was an unforgettable image: a 6-year-old cradled in her uncle’s arms after being shot in the stomach. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports the grade-schooler is sharing her story, two years after becoming a victim of Chicago gun violence.


Man Fatally Shot By Neighbor After Alleged Dog Pee Argument, Witnesses Say

One of the victims of gun violence this past weekend died, allegedly, over something as small as a dog relieving itself on someone else’s property.


Lawndale Residents Refuse To Accept Violence As The Norm

The violent weekend did not only impact families directly involved, it’s left a ripple effect on those communities.


Surviving The Heat At The Last Day Of Lollapalooza

“Its been pretty intense this year, I’m not gonna lie. The heat this year has been crazy.”


Man Shot During Carjacking In East Garfield Park

A man was shot in the stomach during an armed carjacking in East Garfield Park Friday night, according to Chicago Police.


Forest Preserve Holds Peace Rally After Racist Bullying Incident

A positive and peaceful gathering took place at Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve, much different than the one that played out under the pavilion several weeks ago.


150 Anti-Violence Protesters Shut Down Lake Shore Drive

A rush hour march shut down traffic on Lake Shore Drive Thursday.



Woman Who Locked Daughter In Basement To Be Released; Husband Held For Psych Evaluation

A Lake County judge has ordered a woman charged with locking her 10-year-old daughter in her basement in Waukegan released on her own recognizance, and her husband kept in custody, pending a mental health evaluation.



Hunt For Pennsylvania Killer Ends With Police Shootout In Chicago Suburbs

The hunt for a killer in Pennsylvania ended with a deadly police shootout in the Chicago suburbs.


3-Year-Old And Father In Stable Condition After Gang-Related Shooting, Police Say

Police say a man walked up to the 34-year-old dad just before 3 p.m. Wednesday near Damen and 48th Street and started shooting, before running to a waiting black sedan.


Thieves Using High-Tech Device To Break Into Cars Within Seconds

Thieves are using high-tech devices to break into parked cars in Sauk Village, officials say. 


Throes Of Suburban Teachers Enroll In Free Gun Training

Gun laws restrict Illinois teachers from bringing firearms to school, but many are still learning how to shoot.


Flames Rekindle At Prospect Heights Condo Building, Fire Ruled ‘Accidental’

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports fire officials are working to put out hotspots after flames rekindled Thursday night.


Dog Struck By Arrow In Chicago’s Albany Park Neighborhood

A dog was hit by an arrow while out for a routine walk in the Albany Park neighborhood. Quincy and her owner, Stephanie Hatfield, were walking through an Albany Park alley over the weekend when the incident happened.


Police Search For Serial Arsonist Behind Garage Fires

Police say a serial arsonist is lighting garages on fire in the Hegewisch neighborhood.


Child Trying To Retrieve Football Hit By Train

Chicago Police say the boy was retrieving a football from the tracks when his foot was hit.


Family, Friends Hold Vigil To Remember 13-Year-Old Drowning Victim

A 13-year-old girl who drowned while swimming at Loyola Beach Friday is being remembered by family, friends, and the Chicago Police Officer who saved several lives that night. 


Sisters Speak Out After Drive-By Shooting: ‘It Hurt A Lot’

Five-year-old Zulay Sykes, her sisters 15-year-old Mahogany and 14-year-old Maya, were all the unintended targets of a drive-by shooting Sunday near the intersection of Walnut and Homan.


East Garfield Park Activist Group Spreads Positivity After Shooting

Nearly 24 hours after six people were gunned down in Chicago, people in East Garfield Park gathered in the same spot to send a positive message.


Rain Showers Finally Cool Extremely Hot Temperatures

“When it started raining, it made it feel more dramatic.”


McHenry Residents Blame County Construction Project For Flooding

McHenry residents are angry after their homes flooded during the severe thunderstorms Tuesday night.


Lincoln Park Arcade Bar Backtracks Ban On “MAGA” Hats After Receiving Backlash

A Lincoln Park bar is under fire after sending a politically-fueled Facebook post aimed at Trump supporters.


Toddler Reunited With Mother After Kidnapping Scare

Police frantically searched the area surrounding a Greyhound bus station after a toddler went missing at the station near Harrison and Jefferson Monday night.


Man And Woman Found Dead In Suspected Murder-Suicide In Orland Park

Around 5:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot outside a P.F. Chang’s at 142nd and LaGrange in Orland Park.


Off-Duty CPD Officer Faces Charges After Bar Fight

William Szepi is a new probationary officer and could be fired pending the outcome of the investigation.


Fox River Stays At Bay Amid Flood Warnings

A flood watch blanketing the Chicago area Thursday left residents in towns near the Fox River keeping a watchful eye on water levels tonight.


WWII Vet Finds Watch Of Fellow Service Member Killed During War

A World War Two bomber pilot survived a major crash during the war, but a fellow service member on-board did not. Now decades later, as CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports, a piece of him still lives.


Lighthouse Displays Spark Conversations About Inclusion For Those With Disabilities

The idea for a lighthouse art display came from The Chicago Lighthouse, an organization serving the blind and visually impaired.


Dead Rabbit Tests Positive For Rare, Potentially Deadly Disease

Officials are warning Tinley Park residents to keep their dogs within sight and on a leash after a rare, but potentially deadly disease was found in a dead rabbit.