Suzanne Le Mignot

le mignot Suzanne Le MignotSuzanne Le Mignot serves as CBS 2 Chicago’s general assignment reporter during the week.

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.

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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. Governor 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 Alderman 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 is 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.

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 Directors of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization. The group provides medical supplies and aid for war orphans throughout former Yugoslavia.

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 is married with one daughter, Katarina Sophia. She lives in Chicago.

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Officer Released From Hospital After Shootout With Suspect

Special first-aid training and equipment are credited with helping the officer survive being shot in the thigh.


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Chicago Police Represented At Officer Funerals In Dallas

Many Chicago police officers have stepped up to show they care, in a very big way. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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One Year After Her Death, Mom Honors Sandra Bland

It’s been 12 months since Sandra Bland was found dead in a Texas jail cell.


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Chicago Police Officers Doubling Up In Wake Of Dallas

Officers here are being paired with partners to increase visibility and safety. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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Car Dealership Parking Cars Illegally On Archer Heights Street

A car dealership on the Southwest Side was found to be parking cars illegally on a city street.


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How Did Woman Not Know She Was 7 Months Pregnant?

She lost 10 pounds in seven months, and even went hiking two weeks ago; what Emily Sanders didn’t know was she was seven months pregnant. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has this Original Report about a surprise arrival.



Gang Factions Declare Truce In Response To Innocents Caught In Crossfire

At least six different factions are taking part in the truce. The boundaries are from State to Stoney and 55th to 67th. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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Fresh Class Of Chicago Police Officers Ready For Duty

They’re ready to hit the streets of Chicago to serve and protect.


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National Gun-Control Debate Plays Out In Northwest Suburb

Both sides stood their ground outside DS Arms pro shop and manufacturing facility, in Lake Barrington, in the wake of the Orlando massacre. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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Bullet Hole Found Near Popular Lakefront Recreation Spot

A bullet hole is found in a very disturbing place, at a popular spot for walking, running, biking and tennis along Chicago’s lakefront.


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Gang War Behind Shooting That Injured 6-Year-Old Girl: Prosecutors

Jaylene Bermeo was shot in the back Monday while playing in front of her aunt’s home. She is doing well in the hospital, her grandmother tells CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.



Anticipation Grows For Mass Release Of Police Shooting Videos

Video, audio recordings and documents relating to Chicago police-involved shootings are set to be released Friday. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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First June Homicide: 16-Year-Old Shot In West Elsdon

It’s the first day of June, and already Chicago has its first homicide of the month.


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With Skyrocketing Unemployment, Center Helps Visually Impaired Find Work

While the unemployment rate in Illinois hovers around 6.3 percent, that number takes a massive jump among the blind and visually impaired–to at least 60 percent.


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Chicago, State Police Promise To Be Out In Force This Holiday Weekend

Their assurances come amid an alarming spike in expressway shootings. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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Suspect In Rogers Park Break-In Caught On Video

Police say he made his way into businesses at a Rogers Park commercial building last week.


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Bucktown Restaurant Hostess Chases Down Alleged Wallet Thieves

A restaurant hostess risked her own life for a customer when she chased down two alleged thieves who stole a wallet, reports CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.


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Video Shows Good Samaritan Help Rescue Woman Trapped Under Red Line Train

A woman was rescued from under a CTA Red Line around noon Wednesday, after ending up on the tracks at the Clark/Division subway station.


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Family Says Slain 13-Year-Old Boy A ‘Smart Kid,’ Had No Gang Ties

Just 13 years-old, Leonardo Betancourt was shot to death while inside a moving car Monday.


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Plastic Surgeon Offers Help To DePaul Nursing Student Attacked On Blue Line

A DePaul student who was brutally beaten by two people on a CTA Blue Line train and left with a broken nose and a black eye is getting some help.



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