Suzanne Le Mignot
Suzanne 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An 11-year-old boy was struck by a Metra Electric Line train Tuesday morning in south suburban Blue Island.
More than three decades after Carol Novak’s brutal murder, police say they’ve identified a suspect. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
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.
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.
A mall in the south suburbs has been ordered to be shut down not because of the economy, but because of customer safety.
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.
For the first time, a husband talks about the tragic accident that took his wife’s life and how social media brought him justice.
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.
And he only got half of what he was looking for, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
As the search for more bodies continues– the families of the identified victims are trying to work through their grief.
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.
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.
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.
A man with severe autism ended up shivering in the cold all alone after being dropped off by a transit service miles from home.
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.
Police say the attacker entered the house through an unsecured window. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
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.