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.

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LeGrier Family Attorney: Chicago Cop’s Counterclaim “Pure Fantasy”

In a counterclaim against the estate of Quintonio LeGrier, Officer Robert Rialmo says he feared LeGrier was going to kill him.

02/08/2016

Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo (picture courtesy Joel Brodsky)

Chicago Cop Tells His Side Of Quintonio LeGrier Shooting, In New Filing

Robert Rialmo fired the fatal shots that killed the college student and his neighbor, Bettie Jones, on the day after Christmas.

02/05/2016

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Woman’s SUV Riddled With Bullets On Way Home From Church With Daughter, 6, Inside

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot has her story.

02/03/2016

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Eight Years Later, Tinley Park Police Still Following Up Tips In Lane Bryant Murders

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports that it’s a difficult anniversary for the family and friends of loved ones who were shot-to-death that day in a store in Tinley Park.

02/02/2016

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Four Years Later, Widower Waits For Accused Drunken Driver To Stand Trial

Michael Knezevich’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, authorities say, when he caused a 2012 accident that killed Sandra Marvel.

01/29/2016

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Strongarm Robber Attacks Woman In Lincoln Park

The attack happened in broad daylight along the busy block of 1900 North Sheffield Avenue, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

01/28/2016

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Chicago Police Officer In Fatal Shooting Of Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones To File Suit Against Teen’s Estate

The Chicago Police officer accused of killing 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier is suing the teen’s estate.

01/27/2016

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Eagle-Eyed Deerfield Cop Spots Missing Elderly Couple

Donald and Jeanette Warren of Wood Dale had been missing since Tuesday, until the officer found them Thursday night.

01/21/2016

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Alderman Wants Every Chicago Police Officer Armed With Taser

The Chicago Police Department would be required purchase a Taser for every one of its 12,500 sworn officers and train them on how to use it by Jan. 1, 2017, under one of several proposals made by African-American aldermen in response to the Laquan McDonald controversy, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

01/19/2016

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chicago Pays Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King visited Chicago many times, including leading a walk in 1965 to protest segregation in schools here.

01/18/2016

Ben Baker talks with reporters Friday after his release from state prison. (CBS)

Attorneys For Newly Released Chicago Man: Why Did It Take So Long?

Ben Bakers says he was railroaded by a corrupt Chicago cop, one who was later disgraced. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

01/15/2016

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Misconduct Probe Examines Whether Cops Pressured Motorist To Cough Up A Gun

It may have been a manipulation of the Chicago Police Department’s efforts to get illegal firearms off the street. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

01/07/2016

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Crews Clear Ice-Caked Sidewalk Outside Ford City Mall

We haven’t gotten much snow this winter, but that doesn’t mean all the sidewalks are clean and safe for walking.

01/06/2016

Sharon Fairley discusses changes to the Independent Police Review Authority. (CBS)

New IPRA Boss Promises Integrity In Police Misconduct Investigations

Sharon Fairley, acting chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, discusses organizational changes with the embattled agency.

01/04/2016

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Emanuel Aides Sought To Influence Message Of Independent Police Reformer: Documents

An email shows City Hall prepared “talking points” for Lori Lightfoot as she prepared to go on television. The problem with that: She’s supposed to be looking at police reforms without interference.

01/01/2016

Demonstrators calling for Rahm Emanuel's resignation gathered outside his home Thursday. (CBS)

Laquan McDonald Protesters Gather At Mayor’s Home, City Hall

Dozens persisted in demanding Mayor Emanuel’s resignation.

12/31/2015

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Emanuel’s Plan For More Tasers Gets Mixed Reaction

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports while some feel officers trained to use Tasers could be helpful, others say, they are not the answer.

12/30/2015

Dave McNaughton, left; Eugene Roy (Chicago Police Department)

CPD Promotes Two Officials With Ties To Laquan McDonald Case

Dave McNaughton and Eugene Roy were among police department veterans appointed to top positions over the weekend. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

12/14/2015

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Amid Increased Scrutiny, Chicago Police Department Looks To Add New Recruits

Given all the protests and the current climate in Chicago, including the intense scrutiny of the police department and its officers, some might wonder why anyone would want to become a CPD officer
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot went to a Chicago Police recruiting event at Kennedy-King College to find out.

12/13/2015

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In Mount Greenwood, Support For Chicago Police Remains Strong

What is it like to be the loved one of a Chicago Police Officer following the release of the Laquan McDonald tape? CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot spoke to an officer’s wife and has this report.

12/08/2015

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