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.

Gerardo "Gerry" Jr., and his sister Kiara, with their late mother, Korissa. (courtesy: Valdivia family)

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Inside Look At One Of Chicago Area’s Busiest Trauma Centers

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Stray Bullet Injures Sleeping Woman, 64, In West Garfield Park Home

A 64-year-old woman was shot early Saturday when a bullet came through the window of a West Garfield Park neighborhood home on the West Side.


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WATCH: Burglars Ignore Cameras As They Empty Avalon Park Home

One second, the television was on the wall. The next, it was being carried away. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talks with the stunned home owner.


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Three Killed In Fiery Ingleside Crash

Three people were killed in a fiery crash in Ingleside early Wednesday morning.


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Garage Break-Ins, Shootings Have Rogers Park Residents Worried

A series of garage break-ins have residents in Rogers Park on edge.


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Dog Flu Returns To Chicago Region

Dog owners should not feel complacent. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.


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Orland Park Uses Drone To Combat Fire

A southwest suburban fire department used a drone to fly over a burning house. That allowed firefighters to better attack the flames.


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The Heat Hitting Hard Across Chicago

While no records are in jeopardy, the temperatures outside on Tuesday will feel a lot warmer than recent weeks.


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Area Theater Beefs Up Security Following Louisiana Shooting

Michael Moore, co-owner of Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge, says he wants to make sure his customers feel secure.


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Marseilles Cleaning Up After Damaging Hail Storm

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Scanner Traffic Details Busy 4th Of July For Chicago Cops

It was a very busy 4th of July night for Chicago Police. Scanner recordings show just what they were dealing with. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has this Original Report.


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CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports the reason is twofold: a lack of inventory of homes in Lincoln Park and low interest rates.


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Float Makers Make Final Preps Ahead Of Pride Parade

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot takes a sneak peek at some of the top secret floats.


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James Howze is in the James B. Moran Second Chance Re-entry Program, which provides him with mentoring and coaching for his new job and counseling and intense supervision to keep his life on track.


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Marchers in the first annual Juneteenth Parade in East Garfield Park. (Credit: CBS)

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