Disabled reporter tells stories of inspiration


Jim Mullen, the paralyzed Chicago police officer who became WBBM-Channel 2's disabilities reporter, is turning the station's spotlight on those with similar struggles.
"Challenges and Triumphs: Jim Mullen Reports," a half-hour special on issues facing people with disabilities, will air at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the CBS-owned station.
In addition to examining such topics as housing, employment and personal relationships, the special will focus on some individual stories of people who have overcome adversities.
Mullen joined Channel 2 in 2003, becoming the first quadriplegic to report regularly for any local television news operation in the country. His pieces now air mainly on the station's 11 a.m. newscast every other Monday.
"Jim has done an incredible job for us," said Carol Fowler, vice president/news director of Channel 2. "His stories are important -- not just to people with disabilities but to those who have family members or friends with special needs. He continues to inspire his viewers and his CBS 2 co-workers."
Mullen was a six-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department in October 1996 when he and three other officers responded to a call of shots fired at an apartment in Rogers Park. A former security guard was convicted of shooting Mullen in the face. The bullet entered Mullen's right cheek, bounced off his jawbone and lodged in his neck, penetrating his spinal cord. Totally paralyzed below the neck, he breathes with the assistance of a ventilator.


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