Mai Martinez 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.