Suzanne Le Mignot

 

Suzanne Le Mignot

Suzanne Le Mignot

Suzanne Le Mignot serves as CBS 2 Chicago’s weekend news morning anchor.

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. Then-Gov. 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 Ald. 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 has served 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.

Le Mignot is the recipient of the National Civil Rights Library 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in journalism. Also in 2016, she was honored with an award by Gloria Carr, following a series of reports that led to changes in the North Chicago Police Department after the death of Carr’s son.

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 Trustees of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization. The group provides medical supplies and aid for war orphans throughout former Yugoslavia. She’s on the Advisory Council for Smile Train, an organization that provides life-saving cleft-palate surgery for children in need around the world.

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 has a daughter and lives in Chicago.

Girl, 5, Killed In Indiana Hit-And-Run

Michigan City police have released a surveillance image of a vehicle that may be involved. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

07/19/2017

Suit: Boy Falls After Landlords Ignore Complaints About Windows

Gia Melton says she called the Gary Housing Authority and PK Management numerous times to tell them the windows weren’t working properly.

06/13/2017

Daycare Reports Scabies Outbreak

The outbreak occurred at the Chicago Commons Paulo Freire Family Center, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

06/05/2017

Naperville Amtrak Shooting Suspect Still In Custody

The suspect in police custody is in his 70’s and from West Allis, Wisconsin. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/17/2017

Auto Thieves Steal Fresh Fords Near Assembly Plant

A new twist to the brazen activities of Chicago area car-theft rings. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/16/2017

Suit: Cop Was Driving Wrong Way Before Crash

Vera Watson suffered a fractured pelvis in the 2015 crash. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/16/2017

Preservationists Oppose Partial Demolition Of Logan Square Church

Grace United Methodist Church has been at the corner of Wrightwood and Kimball in the Logan Square neighborhood for more than a century.

05/09/2017

Renovation Plans To Remove Fence In Chicago Park Sparks Security Talk

A community meeting was called to discuss the renovation plans to enhance Seneca Park & Eli M. Schulman Playground in Streeterville.

05/03/2017

Woman Outsmarts Thieves, Finds Stolen Vehicle Used As Getaway Car

She tracked her stolen Jeep by using an app on her phone, only to get to the pinged location to see the suspects making a break away!

04/25/2017

ComEd Built Electrical Poles Too Close To Baseball Field, Parents Say

Parents say 2015 renderings of the project at a community meeting didn’t look like what is now there today.

04/19/2017

Jury Awards $350,000 In Teen’s Fatal Shooting By Chicago Cop

The jury found the July 2013 shooting of 17-year-old Christian Green unjustified. They awarded the damages Tuesday.

04/18/2017

Fire Started By Cook County Jail Inmates Caught On Video

Inmates in the super maximum security division at Cook County Jail are caught on tape lighting their uniforms on fire using a microwave.

04/17/2017

Aggressive Shoplifters Plague Nike Store In Chicago’s Bucktown

Groups of people in their late teens and early-20s have been terrorizing Bucktown area retail merchants, Ward 2 Ald. Brian Hopkins says.

04/07/2017

Pregnant Woman Shot To Death In South Shore

Patrice Calvin was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head in an apartment, according to Chicago Police.

03/30/2017

Family Thanks Hero Who Helped Victim Of Joliet Hammer Attack, Arson

Amanda Zelko was beaten with a hammer, and the Joliet home she was in was set on fire. On Tuesday, her mother got to thank the man she calls a hero.

03/28/2017

Victim Tells Good Samaritan: ‘He Hit Me With A Hammer, Tried Lighting Me On Fire’

Timothy Gregory is charged with battery in the Joliet attack on Amanda Zelko, his brother’s fiancée.

03/27/2017

A Mixed Income Apartment Aims To Give Vets Priority

A Jefferson Park mixed income apartment building is looking to give veterans housing priority, but is receiving some community backlash.

03/20/2017

Supt. Johnson, AG Sessions Talk Chicago Violence In Washington D.C.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson traveled to the nation’s capital to meet new Attorney General Jeff Sessions and discuss violence in Chicago.

03/16/2017

Chicago Police Department’s Next Steps For Reform

Among them: Better community policing, improved training for officers, revising the use of force policies.

03/14/2017

Unwanted Attention: Jail Guard Rests His Hand On Female Visitor’s Bottom

The woman visitor says the Cook County sheriff’s deputy regularly harassed her during visits to see her fiancé, CBS 2’s Suanne Le Mignot reports.

03/07/2017

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