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.
Tony DeFrances, the far northwest suburban executive identified as the workplace shooter Thursday in downtown Chicago, did not have a firearm owners identification card, CBS 2 has learned.
Police in Long Beach, Indiana have released surveillance images of a person of interest in a series of burglaries last Saturday.
It was a day Tess Boghossian of Palatine will never forget. She was one of 54 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Contest, chosen for her healthier version of Lincoln’s Inaugural Soup. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
With more than 100,000 people at Navy Pier alone and thousands more packing the lakefront to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, it was a busy night for Chicago Police.
The motorist who plunged into a huge gap in the road this week tells of her horrifying ordeal. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
As Rainbow PUSH’s annual convention kicks off and an historic milestone takes place for Rev. Jesse Jackson, he reflects on the quest for peace in Chicago.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports it’s apparently not the first time those dogs went on the attack.
CBS 2 has learned why a CTA Orange Line train derailed last week, causing pieces of wood and metal fasteners like these to rain down on the busy road and sidewalk below the tracks.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former boss, Bill Clinton, was in town Friday to help his re-election efforts. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
For the first time, a Lincolnwood mother speaks out about the hit-and-run mystery surrounding her son’s death.
Ret. Sgt. Danielle Ciccoli says 275 troops heading to Iraq, fills her with a variety of emotions.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says parents should think of each night as a peace march in Chicago. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
Family members told their frightening story to CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Dr. Betty Jean Howard’s funeral wasn’t a time for mourning, but a moment of celebration.
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.
A Chicago man convicted of beating two women with a baseball bat four years ago was sentenced Thursday to 90 years in prison.
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.
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.
It was three years ago this week that six-year-old Timmothy Pitzen disappeared. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in the McKinley Park neighborhood on the South Side Saturday morning, police said.