Mai Martinez

martinez Mai MartinezMai Martinez co-anchors CBS 2 Chicago’s weekend evening newscasts and serves as general assignment reporter during the week. Martinez joined the CBS 2 Chicago team in May of 2006.

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Her work during the breaking news coverage of the Blue Line derailment in the summer of 2006 helped CBS 2 win a local Emmy award for Spot News.

Before working at CBS 2 Chicago, Martinez served as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WBRC-TV (FOX) in Birmingham, Alabama. While working for WBRC, Martinez spent eight weeks in Aruba covering the disappearance of Natalee Holloway for WBRC, Fox News Channel and CNN, often landing exclusive interviews. Her reports were picked up worldwide, and upon her return from Aruba, she continued to work as a frequent contributor to Fox News Channel.

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Before Birmingham, Martinez worked for WDSI-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a photographer, general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. It was the first on-air job for Martinez who until 2003 worked behind the scenes as a video editor.

Prior to deciding television was the path for her, Martinez worked in radio as co-host of “Chris and Mai in the Mornings,” the WOXR K-98 FM morning show in Oxford, Alabama.

Martinez, who is fluent in Spanish, graduated Cum Laude from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, with a B.A. in Communications and English and a minor in Spanish. She is half Cuban and half Vietnamese and enjoys volunteering her time to community organizations. Martinez is a proud member of both the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Suspect In Custody In Garfield Park Shooting; 1 Teen Killed, 1 Wounded

A 13-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly shooting two teenagers outside Garfield Park Fieldhouse during a basketball tournament Thursday night.



Hundreds Of CPD Officers Working Desk Jobs, Not On Streets Fighting Crime

At a time when the city is pushing to add more officers to the Chicago Police Department, there are hundreds of sworn officers who are not on the streets fighting crime.


Man Shot And Killed In Home Invasion At Chicago Police Officer’s House

A 43-year-old man was shot and killed early Thursday, when he confronted four men who had broken into his home in the Longwood Manor neighborhood.


Veteran Chicago Police Officer ‘More Afraid Of Media Reaction’ Than Being Killed

“I’ve never been afraid of being hurt on this job or killed on this job,” he said. “I’m more concerned about what the media is going to think about me, what they’re going to put on the news, or how I’m going to be portrayed as this evil person.”


Lawndale Teens Affected By Crime Help Plan Chicago National Night Out

Across the country, police officers are teaming up with community members for a National Night Out. In Chicago, one of the events is taking place in the 10th District.


6 Armed Robberies In Lincoln Park, Lakeview Neighborhoods In One Week

Chicago Police have issued two community alerts for people living on the North side of Chicago after a string of six armed robberies in Lincoln Park and Lakeview this week.


‘So Grateful We’re Alive’: Aeromexico Crash Survivor Tells His Story

“I’m so grateful that we’re alive we didn’t lose anyone, and that to me is a miracle.”



Chicago Law Enforcement Concerned Over 3D Printed Guns

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports members of Chicago law enforcement are concerned because they say the 3D guns could be hard to detect and nearly impossible to trace.


Big Questions Loom After Emanuel Reveals $1 Billion CPS Budget Plan

CPS will likely need to borrow most of or all of the money to finance a $1 billion proposal, despite the city’s improved credit rating.


Alleged Roscoe Village Robbers Caught On Tape

Police are looking for three men who allegedly tried to steal a man’s wallet inside Commonwealth around 8:30 Monday night.


Chicago Police Seized ‘One Illegal Handgun Per Hour Of This Year’

Three police-involved shootings happened in less than 30 hours. Chicago’s top cop told CBS 2’s Mai Martinez the incidents highlight how bad the illegal gun problem is in Chicago.


Police: Officer Shot Teen Who Pointed Gun At Him In South Shore

Chicago Police are investigating what led up to an officer pulling the trigger and shooting a teenager Monday night.


Staying Cool In Extremely Hot Weather

Health officials say water is key to staying safe this weekend.


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Fire Officials: Sparklers Are The Leading Cause Of Fireworks-Related Injuries

With the fourth of July less than one week away, officials are issuing a friendly reminder to make sure fireworks remain fun and not fatal.


New CPS Office Created To Address Abuse Allegations

The budget will be about three million dollars and it’ll be staffed with new employees not existing CPS staff. 


Transgender Case Revisited In Appeal Court

An Illinois appellate court today heard oral arguments in the case of 18-year-old Nova Maday, who made headlines last year after she sued Palatine’s Township High School District 211 for equal-access to the girls’ locker room.


Mud Concerns At This Weekend’s Country LakeShake Festival

Vacuums worked to suck up the water from Northerly Island, ahead of the three-day country music festival that is underway.


Sailing The Waterways Through Boat Sharing

“You schedule the boat, show up, and it’s like you’re an owner.”


12-Year-Old Shot To Death While Visiting Family In Chicago

“She’s with family and it’s the summertime. Who would just think that somebody just going to come and shoot this girl?”


Yearning to Yacht? Chicago Timeshare Company Puts Boat Life In Reach

Dreams of summering on Lake Michigan in a yacht could be within reach thanks to a Chicago timeshare company for boat lovers.


Authorities Bust Chicago Drug Ring Tied To Mexico

More than 50 people involved in an alleged West Side drug ring tied to a Mexican drug cartel are charged with various offenses including kidnapping and firearms possession. 


CPS Leaders Promise Change In Wake Of Sex Abuse Scandal

The schools’ inspector general, Nick Schuler, is investigating any reports of sexual misconduct where a student may be a victim. He will also review sexual abuse cases dating back at least eighteen years.


Motorcyclist Killed By Hit And Run Driver

Police are still looking for the hit and run driver, but so far have only said it was a small black vehicle that rear-ended the motorcycle.


Suspect Held Without Bond After Allegedly Pushing Woman Onto CTA Tracks

The Chicago man, charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a woman in the head and causing her to fall onto CTA Red line tracks, will remain in jail.


Miss America Organization Says #ByeByeBikini

The Miss America Organization is announcing they are eliminating the bikini portion of their competition due, in part, to the rise of the “Me Too” movement.


Report: CPS Failed To Protect Students From Sexual Abuse

Chicago Public Schools is taking action after a scathing report which said the school district failed to protect students from sexual abuse.


Search For Missing Boater’s Body Postponed Due To Inclement Weather

Recovery efforts were underway in the Chicago River Wednesday afternoon for 28-year-old Albert Lopez, the man fire department diver Juan Bucio tried to rescue before he died Monday.


100 Arrested On Guns, Drug Charges In Series Of Police Raids

Since early Thursday morning, Chicago Police have arrested at least 100 offenders, more than 60 of them convicted felons, and three of them on CPD’s top 10 most wanted list.


New 3D Technology Being Used For Brain Surgery

3D technology is helping surgeons at Northwest Community Healthcare perform more precise surgeries. 


Milwaukee Police Release Video of Sterling Brown, Apologize For ‘Incident’

The arrest of Milwaukee Bucks rookie and Maywood native Sterling Brown on January 26 raised questions about the police response and use of force almost immediately.