Mike Puccinelli

puccinelli Mike PuccinelliMike Puccinelli serves as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago.

Puccinelli joined CBS 2 Chicago in December 2004. Previously, Puccinelli served as anchor/reporter for WMC-TV in Memphis, Tenn. (1999-2004). Prior to that, he worked for WEVV-TV in Evansville, Ind. as a weekend anchor (1997-1999) and at KFXB-TV in Dubuque, Iowa as an anchor (1995-1996).

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

He also interned for the MacNeil/ Lehrer NewsHour. Before pursuing a career in broadcasting, he worked as a high school teacher and swimming coach in Cicero, Ill. In 2008, Puccinelli was part of the reporting team that won a local Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Spot News for coverage of the NIU shootings in DeKalb, IL.

Puccinelli graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. with a B.S. in Political Science. He also attended Columbia College in Chicago. He grew up in Oak Park and attended Oak Park River Forest High School. He now lives in the western suburbs with his daughter Ophelia.

Body Camera Video Released From Near West Side Hostage Situation, Shooting

Police said 19-year-old Malvais had broken into a 23-year-old woman’s house and held her at gunpoint.


Caught On Video: Purse Snatcher Throws Woman To The Ground In Bridgeport

Police are hoping surveillance video helps them catch a mugger who knocked a woman to the ground and stole her purse earlier this month in the Bridgeport neighborhood.


Teacher Carries Student With Cerebral Palsy On Her Back For Camping Trip

Teachers are known for going above and beyond, in and out of the classroom, but one Chicago teacher literally put one of her students on her back to make sure she could join classmates on a school trip.


Family Sues Elgin Police Department Over Death Of Decynthia Clements

The shooting happened after nearly hour long standoff during which police say Clements set her vehicle on fire.


Family Sues Elgin Police Over Fatal Shooting After Tollway Standoff

The family of a woman shot and killed by an Elgin police officer in March has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city.


Woman Dies After Jumping To Escape Fire In Rogers Park

The fire started around 5:20 a.m. on the rear porches of a four-story apartment building near Clark and Touhy.


Funeral Today For Fallen Fire Department Diver Juan Bucio

Hundreds of firefighters from across the country have gathered in Chicago to say goodbye to a hero.


Firefighters To Pay Tribute To Fallen Diver Juan Bucio: ‘We Are One Big Family’

Bucio’s funeral mass will be held at noon at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel at 77th and Western.


Boy, 7, Wounded In Bucktown Shooting

A bullet struck the boy in the chin. He was taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was in good condition.


1 Killed, 3 Wounded In Shooting At Avondale Gas Station

The shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. at a Shell station at the intersection of Belmont and Sacramento.


House Committee To Debate Rauner’s Proposal To Reinstate Death Penalty

The governor’s plan would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty in cases involving the murder of a law enforcement officer, or in mass murders.


How You Can Celebrate The Royal Wedding In Chicago

Royal wedding fever is hitting Chicago hard.


Protesters Demand Benefits Agreement As Plan Commission Set To Vote On Obama Center

Protesters said a community benefits agreement would be binding, forcing the Obama Foundation to put protections in place as part of the project.


Chicago Plan Commission To Vote On Obama Presidential Center Plans

Supporters of the Obama Presidential Center plan to pack City Hall on Thursday, as the Chicago Plan Commission prepares to vote on plans to build the $500 million complex in Jackson Park.


Two Waterfront Skyscrapers Planned For Deserted Spire Site

Developers have unveiled plans for two waterfront towers that would fill the long-vacant site where the ambitious but doomed Chicago Spire project would have been built.


Suburban Bus Aide Faces Felony For Choking Student

A bus aide is facing felony charges after being accused of choking an 11-year-old boy during an incident in south suburban Floosmoor last month.


Two Police Officers, Woman In Wheelchair Injured In South Chicago Fire

Two Chicago police sergeants rescued a woman, and firefighters rescued her daughter, who uses a wheelchair, from a house fire in the South Chicago neighborhood early Wednesday. One of the sergeants was critically injured.


Next Phase Of Lakefront Trail Separation Project Begins On North Side

The aim is to ease congestion along the 18-mile trail, and reduce the chances of a collision between runners and bikers.


University Of Chicago Medicine Opens New Trauma Center

The University of Chicago has opened its new Level 1 adult trauma center, the first such emergency department on the South Side in nearly 30 years.


Two Men Shot In Gold Coast Amid Series Of North Side Carjackings

One person was in custody after a series of carjackings Thursday evening ended with two people shot in the Gold Coast neighborhood.