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Suzanne Le Mignot

 

Suzanne Le Mignot

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.


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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.

Townville Elementary School

2 Students, 1 Teacher Wounded In South Carolina School Shooting

Two students and a teacher were shot Wednesday at a South Carolina elementary school.

09/28/2016

Chicago police investigate after human remains were found in the McKinley Park lagoon on Sept. 23, 2016. (Credit: CBS)

Police Investigate After More Body Parts Found In McKinley Park Lagoon

Police are investigating two separate cases after a severed head and multiple bags of body parts were found near the McKinley Park lagoon.

09/27/2016

Rhonda Crawford (CBS)

Clerk Fired For Posing As Cook County Judge Tells Her Side Of The Story

Rhonda Crawford says she deeply regrets what happened but that she did not attempt to decide any judicial proceedings. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot report.s

09/22/2016

Ron Williams has run every Chicago Marathon since 1977. | Suzanne Le Mignot

77-Year-Old Has Run Every Chicago Marathon Since First Race

Williams has run every Chicago Marathon since it started.

09/21/2016

Keeshuna Patterson (Facebook)

Neighbors Question If Chatham Car Crash Could Have Been Avoided

An 11-year-old girl is now in critical condition on Wednesday after being hit by a SUV and pinned against a porch in Chatham the night before.

09/14/2016

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Bike Thieves Are Targeting Deerfield Metra Train Riders

Over the last six weeks, three bikes have been stolen from a Metra train station in Deerfield.

09/13/2016

This police camera reads license plates. (CBS)

Police Use High-Tech Tool To Combat Auto Thefts

At least 20 recently stolen cars were found through “automatic license plate readers.” CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

09/12/2016

A Pace vehicle. (CBS)

PACE Responds To Paratransit Concerns

PACE responded to multiple CBS 2 reports of Paratransit concerns of delayed pickups or neglect to pick up.

09/09/2016

A girl was sexually assaulted at the Village Discount Outlet Thrift Store in Albany Park on Sept. 5, 2016. (Credit: CBS)

Girl Sexually Assaulted In Albany Park Thrift Store

Sources said the attack took place inside Village Discount Outlet thrift store at Lawrence and Spaulding avenues around 7 p.m. Monday.

09/07/2016

These meals intended for the needy were discarded in a remote dumpster in the Hegewisch neighborhood on Sept. 2.

Meals For The Needy Found In A Hegewisch Dumpster

It’s enough food to feed a person, for at least a week.

09/06/2016

Maureen Zupan, left, hugs Good Samaritan Oneal Gray. (CBS/Suzanne Le Mignot)

Security Officer At Festival Credited With Saving Man’s Life

Oneal Gray is a former first-responder and put his skills to use late last week. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

09/05/2016

A Pace vehicle. (CBS)

More Families Step Forward With Complaints About Paratransit

Pace, the parent agency, says it cannot refuse a ride by law and that contributes to time issues.

09/02/2016

Kim Domrese, right, hands a gift to Michael McDonough. (CBS)

Advocacy Group Lets Teen With Autism Know He’s Not Alone

The organization “I speak u speak we all speak 4 autism” is dedicated to providing iPads to children with autism. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

09/01/2016

Photo courtesy of Pace Paratransit.

Autistic Teen Left Behind By Paratransit Driver

Michael McDonough, 17, said he was waiting for a few hours for the Pace-operated transportation service, which provides rides for the disabled.

08/31/2016

body cam

Waukegan Police First In World To Use State-Of-The-Art Body Cameras

From police traffic stops to a turtle life-saving stop, Waukegan Police Sgt. Marc Jackson’s, Motorola Si500 body camera captures it all. His department is the first ever to use such cameras.

08/30/2016

Illinois State Police Troopers on the scene of an officer-involved shooting at 77th and Vincennes. (CBS)

Cell Phone Video Shows Aftermath Of State Police Shooting

Police say the trouble started 8:30 p.m. Thursday when two men, both passengers in a cab, refused to pay.

08/26/2016

Lady Justice (CBS)

Hinsdale Couple Gets Judge’s OK To Keep ‘Lady Justice’ Statue On Lawn

For nearly two years, Curtis Kmiecek and Dana Kurtz been in a legal battle with the village over a sculpture in front of Kurtz’s law firm.

08/25/2016

Waukegan gang intel unit

Waukegan Police Discover Rare ‘DMT’ Drug Lab in Apartment Building

The rare, hallucinogenic drug, is known on the street, as “businessman’s trip” or “Dimitri.”

08/24/2016

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South Side Church Donates ‘Essentials’ To Families

The 60-member congregation collected $5,000 for their first annual giveaway. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

08/19/2016

Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald. (Source; Chicago police)

Top Cop Moves To Fire Officers For Lying About Laquan McDonald Shooting

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has moved to fire seven police officers for lying about the circumstances of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014, in order to justify Officer Jason Van Dyke’s use of deadly force.

08/18/2016

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