Mai 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.
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.
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.
A 13-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly shooting two teenagers outside Garfield Park Fieldhouse during a basketball tournament Thursday night.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“I’m so grateful that we’re alive we didn’t lose anyone, and that to me is a miracle.”
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.
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.
Police are looking for three men who allegedly tried to steal a man’s wallet inside Commonwealth around 8:30 Monday night.
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.
Chicago Police are investigating what led up to an officer pulling the trigger and shooting a teenager Monday night.
Health officials say water is key to staying safe this weekend.
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.
The budget will be about three million dollars and it’ll be staffed with new employees not existing CPS staff.
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.
Vacuums worked to suck up the water from Northerly Island, ahead of the three-day country music festival that is underway.
“You schedule the boat, show up, and it’s like you’re an owner.”
“She’s with family and it’s the summertime. Who would just think that somebody just going to come and shoot this girl?”
Dreams of summering on Lake Michigan in a yacht could be within reach thanks to a Chicago timeshare company for boat lovers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago Public Schools is taking action after a scathing report which said the school district failed to protect students from sexual abuse.
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.
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.
3D technology is helping surgeons at Northwest Community Healthcare perform more precise surgeries.
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.