Irika Sargent<img src="" alt="" title="Irika Sargent" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a>Irika Sargent co-anchors CBS 2 Chicago (WBBM-TV) weekday evening news at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. Sargent joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2015 from WFOR-TV in Miami, where she co-anchored the station’s weekday evening news at 5 and 11 p.m. She also anchored the station’s public affairs show, “Focus on South Florida,” and contributed a weekly news segment called “Legally Speaking.” Prior to that, Sargent was an anchor and reporter with KPRC-TV in Houston. During her time in Texas, she and her colleagues won an Emmy Award for their coverage of the deadly West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Sargent has also worked in Mobile, Alabama at WPMI-TV as the anchor of a legal show and a reporter for the evening newscasts. Sargent graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. She then earned a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School because she wanted to gain legal insight and expertise that could assist her in news coverage. While studying law, Sargent was an editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. She was also a writer and editor for the Legal Information Institute focusing on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Sargent then practiced labor and employment law for four years in New York City at the Greenberg Traurig law firm. She represented clients in New York federal and state courts, as well as before the New York Division of Human Rights and National Labor Relations Board. While in New York, Sargent also set aside time to provide free legal services to those in need. She is a registered member of the New York Bar and has maintained active status for more than a decade. Throughout her journalism and legal careers, Sargent has been committed to helping many non-profit organizations, including Haymarket Center, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, 100 Black Men of Chicago and American Cancer Society.
Erin Kennedy<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-646" title="Erin_Kennedy" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Erin Kennedy is co-anchor of CBS 2 Chicago’s weekday morning (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and midday newscasts. Previously, Kennedy has worked as an anchor/reporter for WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the station’s lead anchor/reporter for its coverage of the Cleveland kidnapping victims. Also while at WKYC, Kennedy and her colleagues won an Emmy and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for their coverage of the Chardon High School shooting. Kennedy joined WKYC-TV after working as an anchor/reporter at WPRI and WNAC-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. She started as a weekend evening anchor, and was promoted to anchor/reporter for the stations’ weeknight evening newscasts. Additionally, she was WPRI-TV’s webcast producer and anchor – Webcast en Español – an online newscast in Spanish. Kennedy began her career as a weekend anchor/reporter for KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas. After six months on the job, she was promoted to weekday anchor/reporter at the station and anchored its weekday morning newscast and guest co-hosted the Spanish language show, Si Se Puede. Kennedy graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame. A member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she has reported from Mexico and done extensive reporting on immigration and the drug trade. Kennedy, who has family in the suburbs, and her husband, Matthew, live with their two children in Chicago.
Marissa Bailey<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-646" title="Marissa_Bailey" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Marissa Bailey is the co-anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago weekday morning and midday newscasts. Marissa joined the station in March 2012 as a reporter and was promoted to anchor the station’s Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts which began in September 2012. She was named weekday co-anchor, with Erin Kennedy, in June, 2017. Marissa comes to CBS 2 Chicago from WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, N.Y., where she had been the solo anchor for the 10 p.m. myTV network broadcasts and a general assignment reporter for the 11 p.m. newscasts since 2006. Marissa, who was nominated for a New York State Regional Emmy in 2011, is also credited with launching the station’s first Sunday newscast – Daybreak Sunday – in January 2008 where she was the single anchor of a 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. weekend broadcast which featured hard news, live interviews and extended special coverage of weekend news <strong> Find Marissa on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Marissa on <a href="!/CBS2Marissa" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TWITTER</a> Send Marissa an <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">E-MAIL</a></strong> Marissa earned a MS in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University in 2006 and a BA in Communications from Niagara University in 2003. She earned her first on-air job while in graduate school when she served as the Washington D.C. correspondent for KOLR 10 News based in Springfield, Mo., in 2006. Marissa lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood with her husband Michael, son Beau and mini goldendoodle pup named Cubby.  (Cubby is not named after the Chicago Cubs despite the fact that he was born the year the Cubs won the World Series.  His name comes from him looking like a little bear cub when he was a puppy.)
Rob Johnson<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-646" title="Rob_Johnson" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Rob Johnson is the weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5, 6 10 PM. He joined CBS 2 Chicago in August 2006 from WLS-TV where he worked since 1998 as weekend anchor and reporter. <a href="">Send An E-Mail To Rob Johnson</a> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Follow Rob On Twitter</a> <strong> Find Rob on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Rob on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TWITTER</a> Send Rob an <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">E-MAIL</a></strong> Rob has covered many major news events during his career including most of the Presidential Campaigns over the last 25 years. In the Summer of 2016, he covered the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Rob also had a front row seat to some of our Chicago sports teams’ special moments, having chronicled the Blackhawks three Stanley Cup Championships, and the Cubs 2016 World Series victory. During his career, Rob has been at the scene of other major news stories including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Andrew, the Centennial Park Bombing during the Atlanta Olympics, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston, and 2000 Florida vote recount. Rob has also covered Papal visits to Denver and St. Louis, and has reported from the countries of Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, and Germany, traveling with then-Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn in 2007, as he visited with wounded servicemen and women. Before moving to Chicago, Rob worked at KPRC-TV in Houston, as an anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he served as an anchor and reporter at stations in Arkansas and Louisiana. Rob began his broadcasting career as a newsroom intern at CNN in Washington, D.C. Rob has won multiple Emmy Awards. He has also received awards from the Chicago Headline Club, Associated Press, Belle Center of Chicago, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, North Shore Special Education District, Ukrainian National Museum, Neumann Family Services, Spirito! Singers, UCP/Seguin, and St. Coletta’s of Illinois. On September 22, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed it “Rob Johnson Day” in Illinois, as recognition for his advocacy for people with disabilities. Rob earned his B.A. in Communication from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1990. He serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Illinois and Concussion Legacy Foundation. Rob is also an Associate Member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni, an advisor to the Inner City Education (ICE) organization, and writes a column for The Hinsdalean newspaper. In his spare time, he enjoys ice hockey and golf. Rob and his wife, Stacy, live with their son in the western suburbs.

Anchors / Reporters

Suzanne Le Mignot  [caption id="attachment_762875" align="alignleft" width="150"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-762875" src="" alt="Suzanne Le Mignot" width="150" height="112" /> Suzanne Le Mignot[/caption] Suzanne Le Mignot serves as CBS 2 Chicago’s weekend news morning anchor. Le Mignot joined CBS 2 Chicago in 1995 as a freelance reporter and became a full-time reporter in 1999. Since that time she has covered a wide variety of stories, with a particular concentration on community related events, including serving as a news correspondent for CBS 2′s Southside neighborhood newsroom from 1999-2000. <strong> Find Suzanne on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Suzanne on <a href="!/SuzanneLeMignot" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Suzanne an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> Prior to joining CBS 2 Chicago, Le Mignot was a news anchor and reporter for WBBM-AM Newsradio 780 (1994-99). She also served as a news anchor and reporter at WGN-AM (1996) and at WTMJ-AM (1995-96), before returning to WBBM-AM in 1996. Le Mignot worked as a news anchor and reporter in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1991-92) at Radio and Television Serbia, Trecan Kanal and NTV Studio B television stations. She began her broadcasting career at WUSF-TV in Tampa, Fl. as a production assistant and associate producer (1989-93). She also worked as an anchor at the student run radio station, WBUL, and served as a correspondent for the Tampa Tribune as well as Tampa based Urban Business Magazine. Le Mignot has been recognized for excellence in broadcasting throughout her career. In 2007, she was honored by the Associated Press in the hard news feature category for her investigative report entitled “Tracking Your Security.” Her investigation uncovered that bomb-sniffing dogs at Chicago’s Metra train stations could not detect the passing scent of explosives. Following Le Mignot’s report, state legislation was drafted by State Senator Debbie Halvorson requiring all dog security firms in Illinois to meet a certain set of standards. Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 1424 into law on September 11, 2007. The law requires dog handlers to undergo 180 hours of rigorous training and to pass a new state exam. Eighty hours of that training focuses on narcotics, explosives and dead body detection. Le Mignot’s “Tracking Your Security” report also earned her a Peter Lisagor Award in the in-depth reporting or series category and a Herman Kogan Award from the Chicago Bar Association. Le Mignot was also honored by the City Council with a Resolution on March 27, 2002. The honor was presented by Ald. Shirley Coleman for Le Mignot’s series of reports on a building with 35 tenants in it, all of whom were without heat. The coverage changed the way heat shut-offs are conducted in the city of Chicago during the winter. Le Mignot has won several other industry awards: a local and national Emmy for her breaking news reports on the Blue Line derailment (2008); a local and national Emmy Award for her breaking news reports about the death of Pope John Paul II (2005); the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award (1997); two Peter Lisagor Awards (1994 and 1996) and the National Association of Black Journalists Leadership Award, while a student (1993). In her spare time, Le Mignot has served as a mentor and volunteer at Bunche Elementary School in Chicago’s Englewood community. She regularly held workshops and planned field trips centered on building self-esteem for young girls. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors of PAWS Chicago, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the Midwest. Le Mignot helped set up the first humane education program with PAWS in 2003. Now, PAWS visits Chicago area schools, using the program to teach elementary school children about the importance of nurturing animals. The program is also used by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago. Le Mignot is on the Board of Directors of the Better Boys Foundation. The organization provides educational assistance to boys and girls in the North Lawndale community on Chicago’s west side. Le Mignot is the recipient of the National Civil Rights Library 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in journalism. Also in 2016, she was honored with an award by Gloria Carr, following a series of reports that led to changes in the North Chicago Police Department after the death of Carr's son. She is a Trustee of Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities, an organization that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities in DuPage and Cook counties. Le Mignot is also on the Board of Trustees of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization. The group provides medical supplies and aid for war orphans throughout former Yugoslavia. She's on the Advisory Council for Smile Train, an organization that provides life-saving cleft-palate surgery for children in need around the world. Le Mignot speaks several foreign languages including Spanish, French, Serbian and Patois (a Jamaican dialect). She graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications. Le Mignot has a daughter and lives in Chicago.
Jim Williams<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-522432" src="" alt="Jim Williams (CBS)" width="175" height="131" />Jim Williams, a native Chicagoan, co-anchors the CBS 2 Chicago Weekend Evening News. He is also a general assignment reporter for the station’s other newscasts. Williams has more than 30 years of journalism experience. Before joining CBS 2 Chicago in December 2002, he worked for ABC News and WGN-TV. He also served several years with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration. He was a correspondent for ABC News, based at the network’s Chicago bureau from 1997-2001. Williams reported from around the world for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and “Nightline.” <strong> Find Jim on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Jim on <a href="">TWITTER</a> Send Jim an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> From 1992-1997, Williams was Mayor Daley’s press secretary. In this capacity, he supervised media relations throughout city government and worked with news organizations from around the world on such significant stories as the 1996 Democratic National Convention, the Mayor’s takeover of the Board of Education, his 1995 re-election campaign and the 1994 World Cup soccer tournament. Williams also created the city government’s first television magazine show, “Chicago Works!” [worldnow id=5824503 width=385 height=288 type=video] Williams began his broadcasting career as a writer, producer and reporter at WGN-TV. He primarily covered the government beat, winning several awards, including an Emmy for investigative reporting. He also received an award for “Best Light Feature” by the Associated Press of Illinois in 2006. He graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Media Management. Jim and his wife, Joyce, have four adult children.
Mai Martinez<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-638" title="Mai_Martinez" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />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. <a href="">Send An E-Mail To Mai Martinez</a> 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. <strong> Find Mai on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Mai on <a href="!/MaiReports" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Mai an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> 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. [worldnow id=5820640 width=385 height=288 type=video] 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.


Ed Curran<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-646" title="Brad_Edwards" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Ed Curran serves as a meteorologist for CBS 2 Chicago. Curran, a Chicago native, originally joined CBS 2 Chicago from WMAQ-TV, where he had served as a weather anchor for the station's morning news since October 2000. Before that, Curran was the weather anchor for the station's weekend morning newscasts, as well as the fill-in weather anchor during the week. Curran has worked for more than 25 years in television and radio. His reports have ranged from breaking news stories to doing aerobatics on the wing of a biplane. Before joining WMAQ-TV, Curran worked at WGN-TV (1996-2000). He joined the station as a consumer and technology reporter and in 1997 he added weather duties to his responsibilities. Curran also served as a technology correspondent for CNN (2000-01). <strong> Find Ed on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Ed on <a href="" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Ed an <a href="" target="_blank">E-MAIL</a></strong> Prior to his work in television, Curran had a career in Chicago radio. He hosted his own show on WGN Radio (1986-94) and also worked for WLS-AM, WIND and WGCI-FM. Curran has been honored for excellence in broadcasting throughout this career. He won two local Emmy Awards for his work on CBS 2 Chicago's 2003 and 2004 broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and an Emmy for "Every Mile Has a Story," a series of special features that aired leading up to the event (2003). Before that, he received two Emmy Awards in recognition for his work on The Auto Show (2002, 2001). Curran received his degree from Columbia College. He also completed Mississippi State University's Broadcast Meteorology program and has earned the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval. Ed lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife Monica, daughter Jessica, son Jeff.
Mary Kay Kleist<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-639" title="MaryKay_Kleist" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" /> Mary Kay Kleist is the meteorologist for the 5pm, 6pm and 10pm newscasts on CBS 2 Chicago. Since joining the station in 2002, Kleist became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist [2007], which is the industry’s highest distinction.  In addition to earning several local Emmy Awards at CBS 2 - including 3 Emmys in 2015 for coverage of the April tornados, a severe weather special and best on-camera weather anchor - Kleist has been awarded an AMS Seal of Approval and an NWA Broadcasting Seal of Approval. Kleist has been a meteorologist for print, radio and television broadcasts for more than 25 years.  She first worked in Chicago from 1994-95 as a weather anchor for WGN-AM Radio and CLTV.   However, she joined CBS 2 Chicago from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, MI where she had worked as a meteorologist since 1999, reporting weather for the station’s weekend newscasts. <strong>Find Mary Kay on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Mary Kay on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TWITTER</a> Send Mary Kay an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> Prior to her work at WXYZ- TV, Kleist worked in Tampa, FL [1995-99], as the meteorologist for WFLA-TV.  There, she also reported the weather for The Tampa Tribune, the local edition of CNN Headline News and served as weather anchor at WFLA-AM Radio. Kleist began her career at WJCL-TV in Savannah, GA [1992-94], where she worked as the weekend weather anchor, a health and general assignment reporter, news anchor, photographer, editor, as well as anchor of the local edition of CNN Headline News. Kleist graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Central Florida in 1992 with a B.A. in Radio and Television and later graduated from the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University. Kleist, a mother of two, lives in Naperville with her husband.  
Megan Glaros<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-640" title="Megan_Glaros" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Megan Glaros is the meteorologist for the CBS 2 Chicago Morning News at 4:30, 5, and 6AM. She returns home to the midwest from WCBS-TV New York, where she had been the weekend morning meteorologist and entertainment reporter since 2008. Megan, a member of the National Weather Association, received her American Meteorological Society accreditation and its Seal of Approval in 2006. <strong> Find Megan on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Megan on <a href="!/meganglaros" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Megan an <a href="" target="_blank">E-MAIL</a></strong> From 2004-08, she worked as the morning and noon meteorologist at WPLG-TV in Miami, Florida. From there, she forecasted for some of the most active hurricane seasons on record, including Katrina, Rita and Wilma. [worldnow id=5825095 width=320 height=240 type=video] In addition to reporting on weather at WPLG-TV, Megan hosted a weekly feature segment, Megan On The Move – where she showcased South Beach culture and entertainment. She also hosted a live, one-hour Monday Night Football countdown show from different locations in South Florida and has filled-in on the network show, Good Morning America. Megan began her career at WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, West Virginia. From there she moved to the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Baltimore, where she provided forecasts for up to five different cities a night. Megan grew up in Dyer, Ind., where she lives with her husband and three children. She graduated with a double major in journalism and atmospheric sciences from Indiana University


Charlie De Mar<img src="" alt="" title="Charlie De Mar" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a>Charlie De Mar is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2. De Mar came to CBS 2 from WTTV and WXIN, the CBS and Fox stations in Indianapolis, IN, where he has reported lead stories for the stations’ evening newscasts. De Mar is credited with establishing a local crime reporting franchise series at CBS4/FOX 59. His work has also had a national impact, and a series of reports led to the introduction of a new federal law that would hold all Veterans Affairs hospitals more accountable for their prescribing practices. De Mar graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2012, where he earned a BA in broadcast journalism and minored in marketing. A Lincoln Park native, his favorite professional teams are the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks.
Lauren Victory<img src="" alt="" title="Lauren Victory" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a>Lauren Victory is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Lauren came to Chicago after two years as a reporter/fill-in anchor at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. Prior to that she was a video journalist/reporter at WPTZ/WNNE-TV in Burlington, Vt., for three years. Lauren also worked as a general assignment reporter at WLNS-TV in Lansing, Mich., and as an associate producer for WCIU-TV “You & Me This Morning” in Chicago. Lauren joined CBS 2 in May, 2016 and is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Jeremy Ross<img src="" alt="" title="Jeremy Ross" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a>Jeremy Ross is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2. Jeremy joined the station in July 2014. He is an award-winning journalist, who came to CBS 2 from WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Before that, he worked in Lansing, Mich. Jeremy, who is originally from Detroit, graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Chelsea Irving<img src="" alt="" title="Chelsea Irving" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a>Chelsea Irving is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2. Chelsea rejoined Channel 2 in March, 2014 and she previously worked for the station from 2001 to 2008. She came to CBS 2 from KMSP-TV in Minneapolis, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor. Chelsea is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.
Audrina Bigos<img src="" alt="" title="Audrina Bigos" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a>Audrina Bigos is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 A multi-media journalist and educator, Bigos previously worked for WCCB-TV in Charlotte, N.C. since 2011. In addition, she has been an instructor at the Carolina School of Broadcasting since 2013. Bigos was initially hired by WCCB-TV as a reporter and photographer and was promoted to serve as the station’s weekend 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor in May 2014. Bigos began her broadcast career as an anchor, reporter, producer and photojournalist at WUSF-TV, the PBS station in Tampa, Florida that is owned by the University of South Florida. She graduated from USF in 2010 with a degree in telecommunications news. While in North Carolina, Bigos launched a self-esteem project entitled – SMART Girls – which has become a permanent program at the Charlotte Boys & Girls Club. Additionally, she has served as the vice president of broadcast for the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Brad Edwards<img src="" alt="" title="Brad Edwards" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft" /></a> Brad Edwards is a CBS 2 Investigator along with Pam Zekman and Dave Savini. Edwards work has netted 70+ awards: including 20+ Regional Emmy Awards and 6 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. His reporting has led to new policies, prosecutions; it has reunited families, and helped free a wrongfully convicted woman serving a 50 year prison sentence. While a reporter in Detroit, his year-long expose into the county morgue led to the burial of dozens of indigent souls, and the passage of legislation that fast-tracked a massive facility expansion. A 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, Brad serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College of Chicago and as CBS Chicago’s SAG-AFTRA steward. He resides in Chicago. <div> Find Brad on <a href="">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Brad on <a href="">INSTAGRAM </a> Follow Brad on <a href="">TWITTER</a> Send Brad an <a href="">E-MAIL</a> </div> <div></div>
Pam Zekman<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-645" title="Pam_Zekman" height="131" alt="" src="" width="175"></a>Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Pam Zekman serves on CBS 2 Chicago’s investigative team, a position she has held since 1981. During that time, her thorough investigations have earned every major award in television reporting and resulted in governmental reforms and criminal indictments. Most recently Zekman, and her producer Dan Blom, have exposed dangerous cab drivers with long histories of moving traffic violations and accidents including some that injured or killed pedestrians or passengers. The reports resulted in a major overhaul in the way the city tracks their driving records and toughened enforcement efforts to suspend or revoke their licenses to drive a cab. <a href=";;">Send A Tip To Pam Zekman</a> Another investigation exposed fraud in the federal multi-million dollar free and reduced school lunch program meant to feed low income children. Zekman found Chicago Public School teachers and administrators falsified free lunch application forms to show their children qualified even though their parents’ income disqualified them. Fifty five CPS employees have been suspended or fired. The owners of million dollar homes taxed for years as vacant land were highlighted in another Zekman investigation that exposed systemic failures by the Cook County Assessor’s office. A review of all vacant land in Cook County was ordered and procedures changed to help ensure that everyone pays their fair share of property taxes. Other stories exposed how property owners claimed exemptions they weren’t entitled to, saving thousands of dollars in taxes. Legislation was proposed to crack down on the abuses. [worldnow id=5824501 width=385 height=288 type=video] Towing companies that chase business at car accident scenes, ripping off vulnerable accident victims with fraudulent and inflated charges, were exposed in another investigation. Some of that money was used to pay off cops who steered them accident business, according to a federal undercover investigation that has indicted ten officers so far. New state regulations were passed to protect consumers. Over the years Zekman’s investigations have exposed government waste by city, county, and state employees who were suspended or fired after they were caught with our hidden cameras at home, in bars, asleep, or playing golf when they should have been at work. Some highly paid pay rollers were misused by their bosses to work as their chauffeurs, run personal errands for their bosses, or as party planners. Another investigation documented $40 million of waste at the Chicago Board of Education and resulted in sweeping changes in the way contracts are awarded, along with the conviction of contractors and school officials, including a former school board president. An undercover investigation of Medicaid and Medicare fraud resulted in the convictions of dozens of doctors, pharmacists, and the operators of a chain of medical clinics. Several reports on Dangerous Doctors repeatedly sued for performing unnecessary surgeries, or malpractice that injured or killed their patients resulted in reforms by state regulators. Zekman’s team worked undercover in restaurants to document disgusting conditions and critical violations that can make customers sick.
Dorothy Tucker<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-633" title="Dorothy_Tucker" src="" alt="Dorothy Tucker (CBS)" width="175" height="131" />Dorothy Tucker has served as a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1984. Currently she reports for the station’s 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM weekday newscasts. Tucker also serves as the station’s consumer reporter, covering issues and trends to help viewers save money and avoid scams. She joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Prior to that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, Colo. as a general assignment reporter. Previously, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn. (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria, Ill. at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977. <strong> Find Dorothy on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Dorothy on <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TWITTER</a> Send Dorothy an <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">E-MAIL</a></strong> Tucker has been honored numerous times throughout her career. Her many awards include nine local Emmys, including one for her breaking news reports during the 2008 NIU shootings and two for her work on CBS 2 Chicago′s 2003 and 2004 broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. She was honored by the Chicago Association of Black Journalists with their annual award for Outstanding Television Reporting (1994 and 87) and received a national UPI Spot News Award. [worldnow id=5820700 width=385 height=288 type=video] She is on the board of NABJ-Chicago (National Association of Black Journalists) and was co-chairman of their Katrina fundraiser which raised money for hurricane survivors who are making Chicago their new home. She graduated, with honors, from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communications. Tucker is currently a member of Northwestern University’s Council of One Hundred. Tucker, a native Chicagoan, lives in Hyde Park and is the mother of three.
Dave Savini<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-630" title="Dave_Savini" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Award-winning Chicago journalist Dave Savini serves as investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. Savini, whose exclusive investigations have earned him broadcast journalism’s top honors, began work at CBS 2 Chicago in July 2004. He was awarded broadcast journalism’s most coveted national award, a 2008 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his investigation exposing gaping holes in security at O’Hare International Airport. The duPont Award is broadcast’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize which is also decided by a panel of judges at Columbia University in New York. <strong> Find Dave on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Dave on <a href="">TWITTER</a> Send Dave a tip via <a href=";;" target="_blank">EMAIL</a></strong> Savini’s investigations have uncovered corruption in several police departments, exposed medical negligence, government waste, fraudulent charities and child exploitation. His reports have resulted in legal reforms and policy changes within government agencies, local corporations and have prompted new laws. Savini won the 2006 Emmy for Best Hard News Series “Blindsided.” The investigation revealed how metal based road reflectors were breaking loose from roads, crashing through windshields and severely injuring motorists. The expose led to the immediate removal of broken or loose reflectors in DuPage County. Savini also broke the national story involving secret sexual harassment settlements involving William Kennedy Smith and his role with a Chicago based charity. [worldnow id=5820716 width=385 height=288 type=video] Savini has won the Associated Press award for Best Reporter five times and has been honored for excellence throughout his investigative reporting career. His many awards include: twenty-nine Associated Press Awards; 14 local Emmy Awards, including four for Individual Excellence; twelve Peter Lisagor Awards; two Herman Kogan Awards from the Chicago Bar Association; a national Clarion Award; twelve regional RTNDA awards and the national Edward R. Murrow Award. He received the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement For Reporter along with 2014 Outstanding Investigative Report for his story on Metra's dirty air aboard trains departing Union Station. Savini and long-time producer Michele Youngerman were honored in 2006 by the Chicago Bar Association for their series “Good Gifts Gone Bad.” The yearlong probe led to a new law after they revealed how millions of dollars worth of donated cars, clothes and toys meant for charity were actually being ripped off by felons and unlicensed middlemen. Savini and Youngerman also received the 2005 Associated Press Newspaper Award for Investigative Reporting about the scam that ran in the Naperville Sun, CBS 2 Chicago’s media partner. Their on-going series “Fly at Your Own Risk” exposed nearly 4,000 missing employee access badges at O’Hare International Airport– the largest security breach of its kind. The series led to sweeping arrests, federal investigations and a Chicago Inspector General probe into the Chicago Department of Aviation’s handling of these badges. The series was honored with a 2007 Silver Dome Award, 2008 regional RTNDA Murrow award and the 2008 Alfred I. duPont Award. Before joining CBS 2 Chicago, Savini worked at WMAQ-TV in Chicago as an investigative reporter (1993-2004). His series “Selling Innocence” led to the arrest and conviction of a child sex-offender who was running a child modeling website. Savini was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show after he showed how the website was merely a front for a child porn operation. The series won a national Clarion award and was an Alfred I. duPont Award Finalist. Savini exposed local 911 operators who were asleep on the job; uncovered faulty background checks of CTA workers; and revealed how children were being locked in dangerous time-out rooms in some Illinois schools. Savini’s investigation of “The Ford Heights Four” revealed four wrongfully imprisoned men who were sentenced to death. This report made national headlines, led to new DNA tests and ultimately led to their freedom. Prior to working at WMAQ, Savini worked at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York as an anchor and investigative reporter. Before that, he was the Raleigh bureau chief at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina (1990-92). He began his career as a weekend anchor and investigative reporter at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, Ohio. Savini’s fascination with broadcast journalism and investigative reporting began when he worked as an intern in WMAQ’s investigative unit in 1987. In addition to his broadcasting duties, Savini has written for several area newspapers including the Naperville Sun and the Aurora Beacon News. Savini, who is an avid chef and triathlete, was born and raised in Chicago and is a 1985 graduate of Weber High School. He went on to earn a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton in 1989.
Mike Puccinelli<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-643" title="Mike_Puccinelli" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" /></a>Mike 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). <strong> Find Mike on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Mike on <a href="" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Mike an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> 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. [worldnow id=5820550 width=386 height=288 type=video] 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.
Jay Levine<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-635" title="Jay_Levine" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" /></a>Jay Levine is a special contributor for CBS 2 Chicago. He joined CBS 2 Chicago as weekend anchor and reporter in 1990 before being named chief correspondent in 1991. He later anchored the station’s early morning news with his wife, Mary Ann Childers, before returning to his role as chief correspondent. He held that title until January, 2015, when he decided to shift to part-time work on special projects. In 1991, he became the first Chicago reporter to broadcast live from Saudi Arabia, the day before the Gulf War began. He was the only Chicago TV reporter in Saudi Arabia from the time the first shots were fired until after the cease-fire was signed. During that two-month period, Levine filed 260 live reports for CBS 2 Chicago and CBS stations around the country. <strong> Find Jay on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Jay on <a href="!/jaylevinecbs2" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Jay an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> In 2003, he was the only Chicago television reporter embedded with U.S. troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, covering the 101st Airborne, and its Chicago-area soldiers, from the deserts of Kuwait to Saddam’s palaces in Baghdad. [worldnow id=5820681 width=385 height=288 type=video] He has traveled the globe covering politics, international affairs and uncovering scandals. Levine’s reports range from interviewing the Pope, to dodging bullets in Beirut, to chasing drug runners in the Andes. In 1996, his coverage of Cardinal Bernardin’s death was widely acclaimed by both his peers and the public. He covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita extensively and their aftermath along the Gulf Coast. Levine’s awards include a National RTNDA Award and an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for writing –”Farewell to the Pope.” His reports have helped CBS 2 Chicago win two national Emmy Awards: one in 2008 for the station’s coverage of the CTA Blue Line derailment and one in 2006 for coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II. Levine has also won 11 local Emmy Awards including a 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Coverage Within a Newscast –”Farewell to the Pope,” a Jacob Scher Award for Investigative Reporting, and numerous AP and UPI honors. Prior to joining CBS 2 Chicago, Levine was a general assignment reporter for WLS-TV from 1974 to 1990. He also worked as a news reporter for WCAU-AM Radio, the CBS owned station in Philadelphia (1972-74). Levine began his journalism career as a news and sports anchor and reporter for WHCU-AM/FM Radio, the CBS affiliate in Ithaca, NY, while still in college. Levine is involved in several organizations in Chicago, including Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Spinal Cord Injury Association, the Kidney Foundation, Rush-University Medical Center and the Latin School of Chicago. Levine, an avid golfer, graduated from Cornell University with a degree in engineering.
Dana Kozlov<img src="" alt="" title="Dana_Kozlov" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-902" /></a>Dana Kozlov is a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. She joined the station in August 2003, from WGN-TV, where she had served as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor since 1995. Her live reports from DeKalb, IL during CBS 2 Chicago’s coverage of the NIU shootings in 2008 helped the team win an Emmy Award for spot news. Before working at WGN-TV, Kozlov was at WEEK-TV in Peoria, IL as the 5:00 PM news anchor and general assignment reporter (1992-95). She began her career in journalism at CNN’s Chicago bureau as an intern in 1991. Kozlov later served as a field producer for CNN, based in Chicago (1995-96). <strong> Find Dana on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> <a href="">Find Dana on TWITTER</a> Send Dana an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> [worldnow id=5820706 width=385 height=288 type=video] Kozlov and her husband have two young children and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, doing yoga and cooking. She’s also volunteered for The Cradle, a local adoption agency and for Rainbow House, which helps victims of domestic violence. Kozlov grew up in northwest suburban Palatine and graduated from Fremd High School. She received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1990.
Vince Gerasole<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-652" title="Vince_Gerasole" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Vince Gerasole serves as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. Gerasole joined the station in April 2001, and since that time he has anchored and reported for various station newscasts. <a href="">Send An E-Mail To Vince Gerasole</a> Gerasole has been honored for excellence in broadcast journalism throughout his career. He was named the Best Broadcast Reporter in the state by the Associated Press of Illinois in 2002 and Best Newswriter in 2006 and 2007. He’s received 14 Emmy Awards for his work at CBS 2 Chicago, including three for outstanding individual reporting (2003, 2004, 2005), two for outstanding writing (2006 and 2007) and one for “Illinois Getaway Guide (2007)”, a half-hour special he wrote and hosted. In 2011 he received an Emmy for Best Spot News Coverage while broadcasting live from the blizzard that trapped over 900 cars for nearly a day on Lake Shore Drive. <strong> Find Vince on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Vince on <a href="" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Vince an <a href="" target="_blank">E-MAIL</a></strong> Gerasole was honored by the Associated Press of Pennsylvania for Best Spot News Coverage. He received the Leonardo DaVinci Award for “Excellence in Communications,” from the Illinois chapter of the Sons of Italy, and “The David Award,” from Illinois’ Italo-American National Union. Both awards honored his commitment to the community. Gerasole is also the 2006 recipient of the Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. He is a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Excellence in Broadcast Food Reporting. Before working at CBS 2 Chicago, Gerasole was a general assignment reporter at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to that, Gerasole worked as an anchor and reporter at KHNL-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii. [worldnow id=5915274 width=385 height=288 type=video] He also served as a Capitol Hill and White House correspondent in Washington, D.C., for Cox Broadcasting, and worked as an anchor and reporter at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and KCRL-TV in Reno, Nev. Gerasole, who is fluent in Italian, began his broadcasting career as a New York based field producer for the Italian Network RAI. Vince graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science and Italian, and attended the University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gerasole, his wife and two daughters make their home in Evanston.
Derrick Blakley<img src="" alt="" title="Derrick_Blakley" width="175" height="131" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-631" /></a>Derrick Blakley is the political reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. <a href="">Send An E-Mail To Derrick Blakley</a> Since June 2003, Derrick has served as a general assignment reporter for CBS 2 Chicago, returning to the station after 15 years at NBC 5 Chicago. Previously, he had worked for CBS News for seven years, based in Chicago, London and Bonn, Germany. Blakley, a five-time Emmy Award winner, started at WMAQ-TV as a general assignment reporter. He later anchored the weekend morning newscasts and, finally, the weekend evening news. Blakley got his start in television news as a reporter at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. He began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Chicago Tribune. Blakley, a Chicago native, graduated from Hales Franciscan High School, and now serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Masters in Communications from the University of Illinois.
Roseanne Tellez<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-647" title="Roseanne_Tellez" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Reporter Roseanne Tellez,  who joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2004, has been a fixture in Illinois news since the 90s. <a href="">Send An E-Mail To Roseanne Tellez</a> She also serves as a general assignment reporter for the afternoon newscasts at 5 PM and 6 PM. She joined the station after 14 years at WGN-TV (1990-2004), the last nine of which she served as news anchor. Previously, Tellez worked at WTLV-TV in Jacksonville, Fla. (1988-90) as a general assignment reporter. Prior to that, she served as an anchor and a general assignment reporter at KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri. <strong> Find Roseanne on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Roseanne on <a href="!/RoseanneTellez" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Roseanne an <a href="" target="_blank">E-MAIL</a></strong> Tellez won an Emmy Award while at WGN for her contributions to a half-hour special called “Hero Street,” a program that featured one street in Silvas, Illinois that lost five boys in World War II. [worldnow id=5820657 width=385 height=288 type=video] Tellez is originally from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. She dedicates much of her personal time to supporting the fight against muscular dystrophy, a cause very close to her heart. She hosted the local Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethons in 2002 and 2003, as well as fundraisers in 2005 and 2006. She participated in the planning of the Randy Salerno Celebrity Golf Outing in memory of her co-anchor and longtime friend. The event benefited Randy’s alma maters, Crystal Lake South High School and Illinois State University. Tellez earned her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in Chicago with her three children.


Megan Mawicke<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-641" title="Megan_Mawicke" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Megan Mawicke, a Chicago area native, serves as weekend sports anchor for CBS 2 Chicago. She is a sports reporter for the station during the week. Mawicke joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2004 from WMAQ-TV where she had served as a freelance sports anchor and reporter since 2002. Before that Mawicke worked at Fox Sports Net (2000-2002), serving three regions: Chicago, Bay Area and Ohio. In that position she anchored several 30-minute shows per day. Mawicke also hosted the pre and post game shows for the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks and served as a correspondent for the Bears. <strong> Find Megan on <a href="" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> Follow Megan on <a href="!/MeganMawicke" target="_blank">TWITTER</a> Send Megan an <a href="">E-MAIL</a></strong> Previously, Mawicke worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisc. (1998-2000). She also served as co-host for a one-hour live Green Bay Packer Monday Night kick-off show. Before that she served as a production assistant at WMAQ-TV (1998). [worldnow id=5915308 width=385 height=288 type=video] Mawicke began her television career with ABC News as a freelance producer during the Democratic National Convention and Presidential Inauguration (1996-1997). She later worked for Medill News Service in Washington, D.C., as a reporter for WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky., WIFR-TV in Rockford, Ill., and WHO-AM in Des Moines, Iowa. Mawicke is a four-time Big Ten Women’s Tennis Team champion and a two-time Illinois State Tennis champion. She competed on the WTA professional tour and in four NCAA tournaments. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University in 1995 and her M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in 1997. In 2007 Mawicke won a Peter Lisagor Award for her story on the Bear’s long snapper. She has won three local Emmy Awards for her work on CBS 2 Chicago′s broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2004, 2005, 2006). Mawicke is a marathon runner and is involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Ryan Baker<img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-648" title="Ryan_Baker" src="" alt="" width="175" height="131" />Ryan Baker serves as CBS 2 Chicago′s lead sports anchor on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts. <a href="">Send an e-mail to Ryan Baker</a> Baker joined CBS 2 Chicago from WMAQ-TV in Chicago, where he had worked as an anchor and reporter since 2003. He served as the host of the Chicago Bears pregame and postgame shows and as host of the Bruce Weber Coach’s Show on the Big Ten Network. Baker’s recent career highlights include reporting from Athens during the 2004 Olympics. In 2005, he covered the University of Illinois’ run to the Final Four and the White Sox's historic World Series win. In 2007, he anchored and reported live from Miami during the Bears' Super Bowl run. <strong> Find Ryan on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> Follow Ryan on <a href="!/RyanBakerSports" target="_blank">Twitter</a> Send Ryan an <a href="">e-mail</a></strong> Before working in Chicago, Baker was a sports anchor at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., from 1995-2003. Previously he also worked at KFMB-TV in San Diego and in Champaign, Ill,. at WCIA-TV and WICD-TV. [worldnow id=5824506 width=385 height=288 type=video] Baker is active with the Chicago chapter of the American Diabetes Association and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He grew up in the south suburbs and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991.