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.

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.


Real Men Cook (In The Sweltering Heat) On Father’s Day

“It is 100 degrees and I’m on this hot grill so its 120 to me right now.”


Chicago Police Clear Up Rumors Surrounding Missing Women

“If there was a hint of a pattern of a serial kidnapper, whatever you want to call him out there, trust me, we would be on that in a moment’s notice. Of the six cases, only two of them are related,” Supt. Eddie Johnson stated.


Chicago Police: No ‘Serial Kidnapper’ On Chicago’s South Side

Chicago Police say there is a connection between two of the recent death cases involving missing women on Chicago’s South side.


Police: 8-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots 5-Year-Old Brother With Uncle’s Gun

Chicago Police say an 8-year-old boy shot accidentally shot his 5-year-old brother while they were playing with their uncle’s guns.


Size Of 94-Year-Old Woman’s Front Yard Sign Against City Code

A 94-year-old Elgin woman is fighting a request from the city of Elgin to remove an oversized Trump sign in her yard. It’s not the sign’s content that is a problem, but rather, the size of the sign.


Juan Bucio’s Visitation Draws Fellow Firefighters, Police Officers

Fellow firefighters saluting Juan Bucio as his casket is brought in into the shrine at St. Rita.


New Paramedics Welcomed To Chicago Fire Department

The newest class of paramedics was welcomed to the Chicago Fire Department Thursday. The celebration comes as the city and departments mourn the loss of fallen firefighter Juan Bucio, the veteran dive-team member who died Memorial Day while trying to rescue a boater in the Chicago River.


Funeral Arrangements Announced For Fallen Firefighter

 Funeral arrangements for fallen firefighter Juan Bucio were announced Wednesday. The wake and funeral for Bucio will be held at Saint Rita, the shrine known for hosting services for first responders. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke with church leaders about the somber farewell.


Valerie Jarrett Responds After ‘Roseanne’ Star’s Racist Tweet

The show was cancelled Tuesday after the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, sent a racist tweet targeted at Chicago’s own Valerie Jarrett.


Antioch Standoff Ends In Gurnee With Police Killing Woman

What ended as a shooting on busy Route 41 started as a crime spree 20 miles away.


Gurnee Woman Killed After Pointing Gun At Officers Following Police Chase

Police say they responded to reports of a woman armed with a long barrel gun, standing in the southbound lanes of Route 41, just north of Grand Avenue in Gurnee Wednesday afternoon.


Bitcoin Pizza Day Celebrates Cryptocurrency On The Rise

Chance are if you’ve purchased a pizza before, you probably paid about $25, but one man paid more than $80 million for two pizzas.


Local Italian Market Severs Ties With Mario Batali Following Sexual Assault Allegations

 Mario Batali is a target of a police investigation and now several of his business partners have parted ways following a 60 Minutes report.


30 Years Later, Survivor Of Laurie Dann Laments Rise In School Shootings

Phil Andrew’s career and life have been shaped by that tragic day on May 20, 1988.


Heroic Officer Says He Was Just Doing His Job, Prefers Title ‘Dad’ Over ‘Hero’

Dixon High School Resource Officer, Mark Dallas, is on paid administrative leave after he shot and wounded the suspected shooter, Matthew Milby during an exchange of gunfire outside Dixon High School Wednesday. 


Illinois State Police Announce Charges Filed Against Alleged Dixon Gunman

The teen involved in a shooting outside of Dixon High School Wednesday is facing three charges of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. 


‘A Hero In Our Eyes’: Police Resource Officer Shoots Suspect Who Opened Fire At Dixon High

A School Resource Police Officer shot and wounded an armed former student in an exchange of gunfire outside Dixon High School on Wednesday.


Three Suspects Arrested In Connection To Garfield Park Shooting Following Police Chase

A car, wanted in connection with an earlier shooting, crashed after a police chase, then caught fire. Chicago Police say the charred Honda Civic was being chased for a shooting that happened roughly ten minutes before the fiery crash, about a mile away on the 3200 block of Walnut.


Man Critically Injured In Attack On Lake Shore Drive, Victim’s Family Questioning Police Response

Chicago Police are releasing surveillance video hoping it will lead to the man wanted for critically injuring a man along the lakefront.


Bicyclist Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver

28 year-old Rafal Ryndak was riding his bicycle when a pickup truck hit him and kept driving.


Substitute Teacher Allegedly Attacked By ‘Out-Of-Control’ Students

A substitute teacher has to wear an eye patch and says a group of out-of-control students are to blame.


Child Rescued After Being Trapped In Claw Machine

The Palatine Fire Department says they responded to reports of a three-year-old stuck inside a toy claw machine.


Elementary School Student Blames Teacher For Broken Arm

An elementary school student is blaming a faculty member for his broken arm.


11-Year-Old Northwestern Indiana Boy Dies After Shooting

Authorities say an 11-year-old northwestern Indiana boy has died after being shot in the head.


Police Raid Wrong Home, Terrified Family Says Apology Not Enough: ‘I Don’t Feel Safe’

18 year old Naseem Stevens woke up early Wednesday evening by Chicago police officers busting in his bedroom door with guns drawn. He was face down with officers pointing guns in a police raid, but it was the wrong home.