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.


Find Suzanne on FACEBOOK
Follow Suzanne on TWITTER
Send Suzanne an E-MAIL

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.

90 Miles Cuban Café owner Alberto Gonzalez Jr.  (Credit: CBS)

Change In U.S.-Cuba Relationship Stirs Debate Among Local Cuban Americans

After President Obama announced a normalization of the United States’ relationship with Cuba, Cuban Americans CBS 2 spoke with are showing optimism about this historic change.

12/17/2014

nursing home 1

Daughter Of Woman Allegedly Injured In Nursing Home Pushes For Patient Monitoring

The state’s attorney general supports the extra set of eyes and ears and so does the daughter of a woman allegedly injured, reports Suzanne Le Mignot.

12/09/2014

A person holds a flu vaccine at the Institut Pasteur de Lille research centre on October 11, 2013 in Lille, northern France. French health authorities launched their annual flu vaccination campaign on October 9 insisting on the elderly and people at risk, even though French people are increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Health Experts: Flu Vaccine Not A Failsafe This Year

There are several strains of the virus, making it important for you to get antiviral medication right away, when flu symptoms hit. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot explains.

12/04/2014

Ambulance

11-Year-Old Boy Hit By Train Near Bus Stop In Blue Island

An 11-year-old boy was struck by a Metra Electric Line train Tuesday morning in south suburban Blue Island.

12/02/2014

Eugene Booker, a convicted sex offender dubbed the “Dreadlock Rapist” by police, is serving a prison sentence for a series of 1986 sexual assaults, and has now been charged with a cold case murder from 1981. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Serial Rapist Accused Of Murder In 1981 Cold Case

More than three decades after Carol Novak’s brutal murder, police say they’ve identified a suspect. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

11/21/2014

(Credit: CBS)

Spike In Burglaries Has Residents Of Gary’s Miller Neighborhood On Edge

Residents of Gary’s Miller neighborhood are on edge after a spike in home burglaries. Police say there have been 15 burglaries and one home invasion in the community between October and November.

11/19/2014

Archbishop Blase Cupich accepts the crozier of former Cardinal Francis Mundelein at Holy Name Cathedral. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Catholic School Students Cheer Installation Of Archbishop Cupich

Students and teachers at St. Columbanus school in the Park Manor neighborhood watched the ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral as Blase Cupich was installed as the Archbishop of Chicago.

11/18/2014

Demolition of the shuttered Montgomery Ward building at Lincoln Mall was left unfinished and crumbling. (Credit: Village of Matteson)

Judge Orders Lincoln Mall To Shut Down

A mall in the south suburbs has been ordered to be shut down not because of the economy, but because of customer safety.

11/11/2014

(Credit: Peoples Gas)

Peoples Gas Offering Free Winter Weatherization Program To Reduce Gas Bills

The brutal cold of last winter is unforgettable and Peoples Gas is taking steps to make sure their customers are able to cope this winter, especially, the elderly, reports CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

11/08/2014

Tracy Berry (courtesy: Berry Family)

Social Media Helps Track Down Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run

For the first time, a husband talks about the tragic accident that took his wife’s life and how social media brought him justice.

11/06/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Wants Feds To Investigate Robocalls Made To Election Judge

Robocalls made to election judges created confusion with voters waiting in long lines from two in the afternoon, until three in the morning to cast their vote.

11/05/2014

One Chicago neighborhood got a long-sought pothole patch job, but the work didn't last. Neighbors say the work method was faulty. (CBS)

Motorist Waits 3 Years For City To Pay For Pothole-Related Damages

And he only got half of what he was looking for, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

10/29/2014

Kristine Williams with her father Bruce on Thanksgiving in 2012. (Family provided photo)

Father Of Gary Murder Victim Says Pain Will Continue Even If Suspected Killer Gets Death Penalty

As the search for more bodies continues– the families of the identified victims are trying to work through their grief.

10/22/2014

Jennifer Kraft (CBS)

Injured Bicyclist Lobbies Park District To Warn Riders About Lakefront Dropoff

Now paralyzed below the ribs, Jennifer Kraft is making it her mission to make sure others do not suffer the same fate. CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot reports.

10/16/2014

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Inspector General Finds Problems With Red-Light Camera System

on-functioning equipment at red-light camera intersections have led to more than 45,000 violations going undetected. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

10/10/2014

Chicago Police Capt. Edward Kulbida (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police Captain Recovering After Englewood Shooting

One of the highest ranking Chicago Police officers ever shot in the line of duty is recovering after being shot at least twice, with wounds to the head and shoulder.

10/08/2014

autism

Paratransit Bus Drops Off Man With Severe Autism Miles Away From Home

A man with severe autism ended up shivering in the cold all alone after being dropped off by a transit service miles from home.

10/07/2014

CBS 2 cameras captured alleged drug deals in Garfield Park. (Credit: CBS)

Activists Fed Up With Drug Dealing In Garfield Park In Broad Daylight

CBS 2 cameras were in Garfield Park Tuesday morning and captured what appears to be drug buying. Two community activists say they’re speaking out because the dealing, needs to stop.

09/30/2014

Arlington Heights police department logo. (CBS)

Woman Sexually Assaulted In Her Arlington Heights Home

Police say the attacker entered the house through an unsecured window. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

09/25/2014

Photo Of Bugs (AP Photo/Virginia Tech Department of Entomology)

Chicago High-Rise Management Company Taking Proactive Approach To Combat Bed Bugs

We often hear about high-rise bed bug infestations in the news, but one management company is taking proactive steps, to make sure their buildings are not in the headlines. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has this Original Report.

09/24/2014

next