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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.

Luis Pantoja. (Chicago Police Photo)

Man Suspected Of Raping Teen Had Charges Dismissed In Previous Case

Luis Alberto Pantoja is being held on $2.5 million bond after being charged with brutally raping and beating a 15-year-old girl in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood last month.

01/07/2014

Jesse Jackson Sr. reunites with an Air Force Pilot 30 years after he negotiated his release from a prison in Syria. (Credit: CBS)

30 Years Later, Jackson Reunites With Released Air Force Pilot

On January 4, 1984, the Rev. Jesse Jackson brought then Navy Lt. Robert Goodman home. Jackson had negotiated Goodman’s release after he was held captive in Syria.

01/04/2014

A picture taken on December 15, 2012, shows a close view of an outdoor thermometer reading to -35C in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, about 2800 km east of Moscow. The temperatures in Novosibirsk dropped this weekend to -35C (-31F). AFP PHOTO / VALERY TITIEVSKY (Photo credit should read VALERY TITIEVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Autos, Homes Need Protection Against Harsh Winter Conditions

CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot offers a 101-level course on winterizing your home and automobile when temperatures plummet.

01/03/2014

Parked cars in the Little Village neighborhood. (CBS)

Some Motorists To Pay More For Car Insurance Under New Law

For one Chicago man, the change is a little late, after he was injured while riding his bike.

11/29/2013

A home damaged from a Tornado in Frankfort, Ill. (CBS)

Residents Of Frankfort, Manhattan Vow To Rebuild

The weather service estimates winds of up to 135 miles an hour hit Manhattan and Frankfort. Three days after that terrible tornado those communities are beginning to bounce back.

11/20/2013

(Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)

11-12-13 A Popular Day For Weddings, Births

It is 11-12-13 on the calendar and that brings special memories to moms giving birth or couple’s tying the knot.

11/12/2013

John O'Connor, who served in Vietnam with the Army from 1967 to 1968, reads names inscribed on the Moving Wall display, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, following the opening ceremony for Welcome Home 2011 at Navy Pier on June 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Welcome Home 2011 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade where 200,000 veterans and their families marched in a parade in front of 300,000 spectators. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Stops In Aurora

The Vietnam Moving Wall and the Healing Field of Flags will be at West Aurora High School until this Monday at dusk. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot was at the opening ceremony.

11/08/2013

Watches are displayed at the Tourbillon store on Michigan Avenue. (CBS)

Mag Mile Smash-And-Grab Nets Burglars $425K In High-End Watches

CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports on a brazen robbery at a Mag Mile retailer where one watch can cost as much as a house.

11/01/2013

Niles West High School. (Credit: CBS)

Niles West Student Charged With Making Facebook Threat

For the second time in a week a high school student faces serious charges for a threat on Facebook.

10/30/2013

Three people died in a fiery crash in Glenview. (Credit: Ed Curran)

Family Wants Answers After Fatal Glenview Crash

A car exploded into flames after colliding with a garbage truck in Glenview, killing three people.

10/16/2013

Two women were attacked in Arlington Heights within the past two weeks. (CBS)

Two Women Attacked In Separate Arlington Heights Incidents

One attack happened Friday morning near Hintz Road and Haddow Avenue. The other, about a mile and a half away in Lake Arlington Park. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

10/11/2013

Eric Thor Hakala (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

$1M Bond For Man Who Posed As Teen Online To Get Girls’ Photos

Eric Thor Hakala, 37, allegedly created a fake Facebook account under the alias “Mike Evans,” claiming to be a 15-year-old from St. Charles East High School, in order to trade inappropriate photos with teenage girls.

10/10/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

Some CTA Riders Still Frustrated By Switch To Ventra

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports call center Wait times have improved significantly, but there are still some customers who are upset with the transition to the new Ventra system.

10/08/2013

A dog displaced by the destruction of a Niles no-kill shelter. (CBS)

Destroyed Animal Shelter Will Hold Adoption-Donation Event This Weekend

Offers of help are pouring in for a Niles animal shelter that was decimated when a runaway school bus plowed into it earlier this week. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

10/03/2013

Alderman John Arena. (Credit: CBS)

Alderman Helps Police Nab Two Men Suspected Of Stealing Catalytic Converters

Northwest Side Alderman John Arena has helped police crack a case of hundreds of stolen catalytic converts that has been frustrating drivers all summer.

10/02/2013

Chicago Public Schools

Elementary School Emptied After Gas Odor Detected

It happened not once, not twice but three times this week alone, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

09/27/2013

A mom walks her child in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. (CBS)

Residents Lament The Changing Face Of Back Of The Yards

CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot talks with locals who say they live in a neighborhood in turmoil.

09/20/2013

Jeremiah Harris. (Credit: Department of Corrections.)

Dart: Paperwork To Blame For Inmate’s Accidental Release

He was brought back into custody after the mistaken release was discovered. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot takes a look at how this could even happen.

09/19/2013

Magic Johnson. (Credit: CBS)

Magic Johnson Launches Program To Help At-Risk Kids Graduate

Basketball great Magic Johnson is one of the biggest sports stars of our generation Wednesday he was in Chicago and was brought to tears in public. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot shows us what got Magic so choked up.

09/18/2013

Learn Charter School, still under construction. (Credit: CBS)

Charter Students Go On Field Trips With School Under Construction

They’re not in a classroom learning each day. Instead, they’re taking field trips. That’s the reality for some students from Learn Charter School and CBS 2 cameras captured it all.

09/11/2013

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