Mike Puccinelli serves as fill-in anchor and a general assignment reporter

Puccinelli came to CBS 2 Chicago in December of 2004. Previously, Puccinelli served as morning anchor at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn., where he worked from 1999-2004.

Prior to that, he worked for WEVV-TV in Evansville, Ind., as weekend anchor (1997-1999) and at KFXB-TV and KDUB-TV in Dubuque, Iowa as Weekday Evening Anchor (1995-1996).

Earlier in his career, he worked at CNN Business News in New York as a freelance production assistant and later as an associate producer and writer (1992-1994). He began his career at CNN as an intern in Chicago Bureau.

He also interned for the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour where he worked closely with the late Elizabeth Brackett.

Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, he worked as a substitute high school teacher and coach for the combined Proviso East and West High School swimming team.

Puccinelli is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has also garnered recognition from the Associated Press.

Puccinelli graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., with a B.A. in Political Science. He also attended Columbia College in Chicago where his concentration was on broadcast journalism. Prior to that he attended Southern Illinois University and Triton College.

He grew up in Oak Park and attended Oak Park River Forest High School. He now lives in the western suburbs with his daughter.

Puccinelli is proud to be a first-generation American whose parents hailed from Ireland and Italy.

His favorite associations and charitable organizations include among others, the Alzheimer’s Association, The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The International Foundation on Research to End Depression and Catholic Charities.

Puccinelli is a former NCAA Division 1 Swimmer whose hobbies include travelling, trivia, reading, exercising and watching Olympic Sports.

Favorite Quote: “One never discovers new lands without first losing sight of the shore!”