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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.

Aaron Thal. (Photo supplied by family)

Mother Pleads For Help In Solving Mystery Of Son’s Hit-And-Run Death

For the first time, a Lincolnwood mother speaks out about the hit-and-run mystery surrounding her son’s death.

06/18/2014

Ret. Sgt. Danielle Ciccoli. (Credit:  Danielle Ciccoli.)

Iraq Crisis Weighs Heavily On Chicago Area Veteran

Ret. Sgt. Danielle Ciccoli says 275 troops heading to Iraq, fills her with a variety of emotions.

06/17/2014

File photo of girl holding candle at a vigil. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chicago Leaders Gather To Promote Peace In Troubled Neighborhoods

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says parents should think of each night as a peace march in Chicago. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

06/13/2014

Jessie White (Chicago Police Department)

Child Helps Foil Knife Attack On Brighton Park Mom

Family members told their frightening story to CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

06/12/2014

Special education teacher Betty Howard and her son, James Washington. (Family Photo)

Funeral Held For Teacher Killed By Stray Bullet

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Dr. Betty Jean Howard’s funeral wasn’t a time for mourning, but a moment of celebration.

06/07/2014

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Former Utility Supervisor: Peoples Gas Hid Slow Response Times To Gas Leaks

Joseph Pusateri tells his story and explains why Peoples Gas customers across Illinois should be furious because of what he says he was told to do by his boss. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/23/2014

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Defendant In Baseball Bat Attack Gets 90 Years

A Chicago man convicted of beating two women with a baseball bat four years ago was sentenced Thursday to 90 years in prison.

05/22/2014

Dr. Jeffrey Frank.

Prominent Neurosurgeon Charged With Public Indecency

Dr. Jeffrey Frank is charged with public indecency and disorderly conduct and CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, it’s not the first time he’s been arrested.

05/20/2014

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Five Lung-Transplant Patients Grateful For Second Chance

A special education teacher, a judge, a grandmother, an executive director and a 21-year-old woman — all are thankful for the sacrifices of others. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/15/2014

Timmothy Pitzen, left; an age-progressed picture, showing what he might look like today. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

‘Age-Progressed’ Photo Created Of Aurora Boy Who Disappeared Three Years Ago

It was three years ago this week that six-year-old Timmothy Pitzen disappeared. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

05/09/2014

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Police: Pedestrian Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver In McKinley Park

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in the McKinley Park neighborhood on the South Side Saturday morning, police said.

05/03/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Takes Blame For Botched Anti-Violence Program — But Credit For Shutting It Down

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot sat down with the governor Friday, a day after news broke that the feds were looking into the now-defunct Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

05/02/2014

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Families Displaced After Grilling Accident Sparks Woodridge Fire

A propane grill accident is believed to have caused an apartment building fire in west suburban Woodridge, displacing 12 families, authorities said.

05/01/2014

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Ordinance To Exempt Restaurants, Small Stores From Plastic Bag Ban

The amended ordinance would exempt all restaurants from the ban, as well as small independent retailers – stores which have a size of less than 10,000 square feet, and which are not part of a chain of three or more stores.

04/23/2014

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Warmer Weather Means Increased Threat Of Lyme Disease

Health experts are warning that the warmer weather coming this spring brings ticks and the very real danger of Lyme disease.

04/22/2014

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Ministers Lead Anti-Violence Protest In South Chicago

South Chicago ministers lead an anti-violence procession through the neighborhood, on the Saturday before Easter.

04/19/2014

Aidan Garcia (courtesy of Annette Josleyn)

Young Victim Of Pitbull Attack Has Nightmares Of The Ordeal: Grandmother

Aidan Garcia was walking to a community center in his East Chicago, Ind. neighborhood Tuesday when he was attacked by a 5-year-old Pitbull named Drizzy.

04/17/2014

Crews battle a house fire in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue on April 15, 2014. / Eric Clark For Sun Times Media Group

Two Cops Hailed as Heroes For Catching Boys From Burning Home

Two Chicago Police officers and a Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes after catching two young boys jumping from a burning building.

04/16/2014

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Residents On Alert After Lakeview Sex Assault

Police are looking for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in the 3500 block of North Halsted in Lakeview neighborhood Monday afternoon.

04/15/2014

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Gunmen Threaten Lake View Shop Employees

A worker at Vosges Haut Chocolat in Lake View says four men in a black LTD or Crown Victoria approached him on his way in to work and put a revolver to his head. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2014

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