Chris Tye – CBS Chicago


Chris Tye is a reporter and backup anchor at CBS2 Chicago.

The Oak Park native has seen his reporting work rewarded with several regional Emmy Awards. His grounding work was recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Since joining CBS2 in 2019, his reporting has driven changes in Illinois state law and policy.

When he broke the story of adopted children chained by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, lawmakers were watching. They quickly drafted and passed new legislation to make these practices illegal.

When it announced that the state unemployment office was mistakenly sending residents’ social security numbers to strangers during the height of the pandemic, the Illinois Department of Employment Security canceled its resident protection policy.

Chris covered the 2020 unrest extensively — spending two weeks on the ground in Kenosha, Wisconsin — and then covering the protests and violence that enveloped Chicago.

He covered both the Biden and Trump campaigns in 2020. On election night, he helped anchor and provide analysis for CBS2 and our streaming network CBS News Chicago.

His way back took him around the Great Lakes. After graduating from John Carroll University in Cleveland, he worked as a reporter and anchor at stations in Traverse City, Grand Rapids, and Cleveland.

Chris and his wife are excited to move back to Chicago — they’re expecting their first child this summer.

Advice or article ideas? Contact Chris: CJTYE@CBS.COM


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