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.

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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.


Bonfire Burn Victim On Her Road To Recovery

“It just happened so quickly, no one could stop it,” recalled Korryn Bachner, who says she’ll never forget the April bonfire explosion that severely burned her and three friends.


Family Of Abducted Baby Pleading ‘Just Do The Right Thing’

For the first time, the family of the missing infant is speaking out after their baby was abducted by her biological mother.


Gun Used In Dixon High School Shootout Bought by Shooter’s Mom

The 9mm semi-automatic rifle a former Dixon High School student allegedly used to fire shots at a school resource officer on Wednesday was purchased by his mother six years ago, police said.


Kerry James Marshall Painting Fetches $21.1 Million In Auction

“Past Times” by Kerry James Marshall sold for even more than expected, selling for a record $18,500,000.


Firefighters Rescue Toddler From Toy Claw Machine

Surveillance video shows a toddler pushing open the prize door and crawling inside a toy claw machine in 20 seconds. 


Teen Fatally Shot In Englewood, Mother Calls For Shooter To ‘Have A Heart’

A high school freshman is one of the latest victims of gun violence in Chicago. Jazmyne Jeter’s grieving mother is in disbelief, pleading with the shooter to turn himself in.



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