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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Why Weren’t Charges Filed Against Owner Of Dog That Mauled Boy To Death?

Five-year-old James Nevils III was killed by a pit bill Monday night and police said no criminal charges will be filed against the dog’s owner.

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Chicagoans Remember Fallen Vets With Wreath Laying, Parade

On this beautiful, sunny day, thousands gathered to pay their respects for those who gave their lives for their country.

05/23/2015

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Produce, Egg Prices Soar At Supermarket

Shoppers are paying a lot more green to get those fruits and vegetables.

05/21/2015

Deonte Hoard (Credit: Facebook)

All Urban Prep Seniors Are Going To College — Except One, Sadly

Missing from the 260 Urban Prep Academy graduates is Deonte Hoard, a victim of street violence. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/14/2015

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Watch: Teens Attack Gary Gas Station Employee

It started as teenagers playing around then quickly turned violent.

05/09/2015

Lilly, a dog found in Elgin, was sent back to her Denver owners. (CBS)

Dog Found In Elgin Reunited With Denver Family

Tonight, Lilly is finally home and in the arms of her owner. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has the story of her journey.

05/07/2015

Grant Park during the NFL Draft. (Credit: CBS)

Crowds Flock Downtown For NFL Draft, Polish Constitution Day Parade

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports thousands converged on State Street, taking in the sights and sounds of the Polish Constitution Day Parade.

05/02/2015

Janie Bawel, the woman behind the Ride Janie Ride Foundation. (CBS)

Foundation Pays It Forward By Helping Cancer Patients

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot introduces us to the beneficiaries of the Ride Janie Ride Foundation.

05/01/2015

Jeni's Ice Cream at a Chicago grocery outlet. (CBS)

Expert: Fear Of Bacteria Is Well-Founded In Recent Ice Cream Recalls

Listeria is a common bacteria, but it can be deadly, especially in young children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/24/2015

The Wanda Vista will be located in the  Lakeshore East development. (Credit: Jeane Gang Studios)

Wanda Vista Skyscraper Could Become Chicago’s Third Tallest Building

Get ready for a new addition to the Chicago skyline.

04/14/2015

Justus Howell, a Zion teen, was killed in a police-involved shooting. (CBS)

Demonstrators Gather In Zion, Scene Of Police-Involved Shooting

About 200 people gathered Saturday in front of the Zion Police Department after the shooting death of a teen last week by police.

04/11/2015

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Levity Amid The Rubble: Why Is This Man Attacking Dryer With A Shovel?

After Thursday’s tornado and the devastation it brought, Emily Dickow wasn’t asking for much. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2015

Erin Johnson talks with CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot in tornado-damaged Rochelle. (CBS)

Tornado Survivor: ‘I Knew I Didn’t Have A Whole Lot Of Time’

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talks with Erin Johnson of Rochelle, whose home was ripped off its foundation Thursday.

04/10/2015

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West Side Recycling Plant Raided As Police Investigate Stolen Catalytic Converters

Police from several towns raided a recycling plant on the West Side Wednesday. What they found were hundreds of expensive catalytic converters believed to be stolen from cars and trucks.

04/01/2015

5-month-old infant Joshua Summeries. (Credit: Zion Police)

Nearly Two Years Later, Mother Of Murdered 5-Month-Old Planning Memorial Service

It may have been nearly two years since 5-month-old Joshua Summeries’ murder, but for his mother, Kisha Woods Summeries, it seems as if it happened yesterday.

03/31/2015

German and Spanish police officers pay tribute for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash at a memorial in Le Vernet on March 27, 2015. The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, hid a serious illness from the airline, prosecutors said amid reports he was severely depressed. (AFP/Getty Images/BORIS HORVAT)

Experts: Pilots Reluctant To Disclose Mental Illness

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot takes a look at the stigma surrounding mental health in the airline industry.

03/27/2015

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Opening Day Looms For Wrigley, Amid Construction Scramble

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot pays a visit to the home of the Chicago Cubs, which is undergoing a major renovation.

03/20/2015

Bagpipers march in the South Side Irish Parade on March 10, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

South Side Irish Parade Continues In Family-Friendly Mode

Excessive drinking and unruly behavior led organizers to cancel the parade in 2009. Reinstated in 2012, parade committee members say, things have been different.

03/13/2015

Deonte Hoard (Credit: Facebook)

Slain Urban Prep Student “Enjoyed Making Others Smile”

He loved basketball and was likely headed to college, but the mother of slain Urban Prep student Deonte Hoard wonders why her son died on the streets of Chicago.

03/04/2015

An Archer Heights sidewalk is covered in snow and ice more than two weeks after a blizzard. (CBS)

Archer Heights Sidewalks Finally Getting Cleared Of Snow, Ice

An icy, snow-clogged sidewalk in Archer Heights has forced pedestrians to walk in the street for weeks.

03/03/2015

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