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.
A propane grill accident is believed to have caused an apartment building fire in west suburban Woodridge, displacing 12 families, authorities said.
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.
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South Chicago ministers lead an anti-violence procession through the neighborhood, on the Saturday before Easter.
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Two Chicago Police officers and a Good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes after catching two young boys jumping from a burning building.
Police are looking for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in the 3500 block of North Halsted in Lakeview neighborhood Monday afternoon.
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.
Police say a man walked into a store at 63rd and Western and fatally shot the clerk. A few hours later, they say the same gunman opened fire on Broadway and Wilson, wounding one person.
A woman who was on her way to work at O’Hare is one of several people to file lawsuits after Monday’s Blue Line crash at O’Hare. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talked with her.
How tight is too tight? A debate is raging in the north suburbs about girls who wear leggings to school.
Most of us are familiar with wearing special glasses at the cinema, but some doctors are using them in the operating room. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
Since the end of January, several underground water service lines have frozen in Elgin. Thirty-nine homes were temporarily without water. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Bristol Court Banquets and Legendary Catering has left some couples high and dry with impending wedding dates.
Bella Rodrigues has been at Lurie Children’s Hospital, since January 20th. As the 7 year-old fights a mystery virus that’s ravaging her heart, hundreds of people fill a New Lenox Culver’s to raise money for her mounting medical bills.
A family was told a North Chicago officer was fired, for taking part in the beating death of their loved one. But CBS 2 has learned, that officer was actually fired for other reasons.
The escalated violence is causing great concern here in Chicago.
Brody Roybal got a surprise at an assembly at West Leyden High School. Roybal thought the girl’s bowling team is being honored for winning 2nd place in the state championship. What he didn’t know was that it was all for him.
Sixteen-year-old Deonta Dwight Mackey died after he held the off-duty Cook County Sheriff’s sergeant at gunpoint. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot spoke exclusively with his mother in this Original Report.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports the pastor of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is reaching out to the community and to the person who vandalized his church.