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.
The woman was throwing out her garbage around 1:45 a.m. Friday, when two men approached her in the parking lot of the Woodbury Place apartment complex.
A case of road rage ends in murder. And a 61-year-old man is now being questioned by police.
State officials have shut down a daycare center in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, after a 1-year-old girl died there earlier this week.
A Chicago civil rights organization is investigating claims that a mother was unjustly beaten by police officers in Davenport Iowa after she was caught shoplifting.
Callers trying to enjoy the Fourth of July on Chicago’s lakefront were reporting incidents of chaos. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reviews the recordings.
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The family of a man killed in a drunk driving crash is now suing the bar that served the drunk driver. Phillip Briner was an innocent driver heading on the Dan Ryan Expressway when he was hit.
CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot talks to parents and their sons about life after a jury finds neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
A pregnant woman boarded a plane in Abu Dhabi and flew 7,200 miles to Chicago. Just as she got off the plane, she went into labor – and her baby wasn’t going to wait. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
Teenager Ed Cooper was gunned down in broad daylight while playing basketball Monday. Police say the teen had no gang ties or criminal background.
In recent weeks, several dignitaries have written letters to the judge on Jackson’s behalf. Today, Minister Louis Farrakhan publicly called on support for the entire Jackson family.
Smoke was still rising from what remains of Melanie Dennis’ house. In four years, her two daughters died, and one of her daughter’s ashes was inside the home. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot looks at how residents of the west suburb are coping, weeks after flooding ruined homes.
Only three of Dixmoor’s five squad cars have gas — that’s how desperate this situation is. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
Authorities intercepted fake official football jerseys at O’Hare International Airport. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
After a 15-year-old honor student was killed just blocks away from her school earlier this week, community leaders have started turning to social media in an effort to solve the murder.
Raisa Girel had just come to her Skokie home after grocery shopping. She was unloading her silver 2004 Toyota Highlander and using an alley to enter the house when she was approached by a man who wanted to steal her SUV.
The question remains: Why haven’t we had more snow? CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
In the center of the reliquary, church officials say, is a relic of Jesus’ manger; below that, a fragment of the veil of the Virgin Mary and then a thread from the cloak of Jesus’ earthly father, St. Joseph.
You can never predict a tragedy like the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., but schools prepare as much as they can. Just this week, a school in north suburban Zion held a drill for a shooting.