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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.

Aidan Garcia (courtesy of Annette Josleyn)

Young Victim Of Pitbull Attack Has Nightmares Of The Ordeal: Grandmother

Aidan Garcia was walking to a community center in his East Chicago, Ind. neighborhood Tuesday when he was attacked by a 5-year-old Pitbull named Drizzy.

04/17/2014

Crews battle a house fire in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue on April 15, 2014. / Eric Clark For Sun Times Media Group

Two Cops Hailed as Heroes For Catching Boys From Burning Home

Two Chicago Police officers and a Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes after catching two young boys jumping from a burning building.

04/16/2014

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Residents On Alert After Lakeview Sex Assault

Police are looking for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in the 3500 block of North Halsted in Lakeview neighborhood Monday afternoon.

04/15/2014

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Gunmen Threaten Lake View Shop Employees

A worker at Vosges Haut Chocolat in Lake View says four men in a black LTD or Crown Victoria approached him on his way in to work and put a revolver to his head. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2014

Surveillance image of a man wanted by police in two early morning shootings. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Person Of Interest In Custody For Two Early Morning Shootings

Police say a man walked into a store at 63rd and Western and fatally shot the clerk. A few hours later, they say the same gunman opened fire on Broadway and Wilson, wounding one person.

04/01/2014

This CTA train smashed into the escalator on Monday morning at the O'Hare station. (Credit: CBS)

Fourth Woman Files Suit Against CTA After Being Injured In Blue Line Crash

A woman who was on her way to work at O’Hare is one of several people to file lawsuits after Monday’s Blue Line crash at O’Hare. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talked with her.

03/26/2014

Haven Middle School. (Credit: CBS)

Leggings Policy Divides Evanston School

How tight is too tight? A debate is raging in the north suburbs about girls who wear leggings to school.

03/19/2014

A Chicago surgeon shows off a pair of 3-D glasses he wears during surgery. (CBS)

Surgeons Using 3-D Technology To Remove Tumors

Most of us are familiar with wearing special glasses at the cinema, but some doctors are using them in the operating room. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

03/13/2014

A hose provides water to an Elgin residence affected by frozen pipes. (CBS)

Hydrants, Hoses Aid Some Elgin Residents With Frozen Pipes

Since the end of January, several underground water service lines have frozen in Elgin. Thirty-nine homes were temporarily without water. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

03/08/2014

A Mount Prospect banquet hall has closed, leaving couples in the lurch. (CBS)

Shuttered Banquet Hall Leaves Brides And Grooms In The Lurch

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Bristol Court Banquets and Legendary Catering has left some couples high and dry with impending wedding dates.

03/07/2014

Bella Rodrigues. (Family provided photo)

Community Raises Money For 7-Year-Old Fighting Mystery Heart Ailment

Bella Rodrigues has been at Lurie Children’s Hospital, since January 20th. As the 7 year-old fights a mystery virus that’s ravaging her heart, hundreds of people fill a New Lenox Culver’s to raise money for her mounting medical bills.

03/04/2014

Darrin Hanna died in November 2011, a week after he was allegedly beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun at the hands of North Chicago police. (Family supplied photo)

Family Of Fatally Beaten Suspect: Fired Cop Is Drawing Pension

A family was told a North Chicago officer was fired, for taking part in the beating death of their loved one. But CBS 2 has learned, that officer was actually fired for other reasons.

03/04/2014

A demonstrator holds up a Ukrainian flag during a mass opposition rally on Independence Square in Kiev.  (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Ukrainians Concerned About Unrest In Home Country

The escalated violence is causing great concern here in Chicago.

03/01/2014

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Local Teen Going To Sochi As Part Of U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team

Brody Roybal got a surprise at an assembly at West Leyden High School. Roybal thought the girl’s bowling team is being honored for winning 2nd place in the state championship. What he didn’t know was that it was all for him.

02/25/2014

An off-duty Cook County Sheriff's officer (right) shot and killed one of the three men who tried to rob him at a Citgo gas station on Monday night. (Credit: Surveillance Video)

Mother Of Armed Robber Doesn’t Blame Officer For Shooting Her Son

Sixteen-year-old Deonta Dwight Mackey died after he held the off-duty Cook County Sheriff’s sergeant at gunpoint. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot spoke exclusively with his mother in this Original Report.

02/12/2014

A church statue was vandalized in McHenry, Ill. (CBS)

McHenry Church Hit With String Of Vandalism Incidents

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports the pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is reaching out to the community and to the person who vandalized his church.

02/07/2014

A personal-injury attorney says this rusted balcony railing caused a serious accident. (CBS)

Lawsuit Sheds Light On Problems With Iron Balcony Railings

A Buildings Department spokesperson says the city has issued 600 iron-related balcony violations since 2012. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

01/30/2014

Crews work to repair a broken water main in Skokie. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Battle Cold To Repair Broken Water Main In Skokie

In the brutal cold, public works crews have no choice but to work and bear it, especially, when it comes to fixing broken water mains.

01/28/2014

The front of a wrong-way driver's van is damaged after a snow plow stopped it on the Kennedy Expressway early Saturday. (Photo from NVP News Video)

Snow Plow Stops Wrong-Way Driver On Kennedy

A snow plow driver stopped an allegedly drunken driver who was going against traffic on the Interstate 90/94 Kennedy Expressway early Saturday.

01/25/2014

Three children were killed in a fire in their home in Hammond, Ind., late Wednesday night. Their father and two other children survived, but were critically injured. (Credit: CapturedNews Video)

Officials Had Been Trying To Inspect Hammond, Ind. Apartment Where Fatal Fire Erupted

Since last May, the city had been trying to get the landlord to allow inspectors into the rental property, as required by city ordinance. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

01/10/2014

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