Randi Belisomo
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Randi Belisomo currently serves as a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV and CLTV, where she began her career in 2005. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She is an Emmy nominee and a 2012 Peter Lisagor Award winner for best in-depth series. Randi is also a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio.

She currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago Headline Club Foundation, the Association of Women Journalists-Chicago, the Chicago Op-ed Project, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area and the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition. She is a Chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University and a member of the Columbia College School of Journalism Advisory Board.

Randi travels regularly with Living Water International to help bring clean water to developing nations. She is a volunteer with Horizon Hospice.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Randi makes herself at home on Chicago’s near west side.

Recent Articles
  • 22 arrested in senior citizen protest on Mag Mile

    CHICAGO — 22 protesters were arrested today when senior citizens concerned about state funding for the elderly blocked North Michigan Avenue. The seniors stopped traffic to draw attention to the state fiscal crisis. They say Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to cut their home care is both heartless and short-sighted. The Community Care Program helps seniors live independently and was established to help reduce nursing home costs to taxpayers. The state estimates that 36,000 seniors could lose home care services under […]

  • Protesters rally nationwide after another Planned Parenthood video released

    AURORA, Ill. — At 320 clinics across the country, thousands turned out in protest and in prayer. Their hope is that Planned Parenthood, which conducts 300 thousand abortions annually, will lose its federal funding in the wake of a series of undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the potential sales of fetal organs. Though it is illegal to profit from the sale of organs and tissues from aborted fetuses, the latest in the series of edited videos, released Friday, reveals discussion of procurement of  brain, […]

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    State budget impasse threatens WIC program

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — The budget impasse in Springfield threatens to halt a program that provides nutritional services for needy women, infants and children in Illinois. The community action agency that operates the state’s largest WIC program is already feeling the impact. CEDA (the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.) WIC was able to cover its expenses for the first month of the state budget crisis, but now the program is facing a crisis itself. The agency […]

  • Hot and sticky weather hanging over Chicago

    CHICAGO — Hot and sticky sums up the Chicagoland forecast — prompting words of caution for anyone heading to lollapalooza this weekend. It will feel like it’s in the mid 90’s in some locations today. City health officials warn to save outdoor activities until this evening, wear light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water. Crews setting up for Lollapalooza this weekend at Grant Park are forced to work in the stifling conditions. For fans heading to the three day music […]

  • Searching for answers in Sandra Bland case

    LISLE, Ill. — What happened to Sandra Bland? That’s a question being asked nationwide and at DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the 28-year-old’s faith community remembered her Sunday morning. Texas prosecutors have called for a grand jury review of findings from an investigation into the Bland’s death. Her family questioned the claim that she committed suicide while in Waller County Jail. Many at the Lisle, Ill., church Sunday signed a petition to pursue the case differently. Bland was preparing […]

  • City urges residents to take precautions for extreme temperatures

    CHICAGO — The Chicago summer has finally arrived in full force. A heat advisory is in effect today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Temperatures will reach the mid-90s, and the heat index could hit 110 degrees. FORECAST: Demetrius Ivory has the latest on today’s hot weather in the WGN Chicago Weather Center. The Chicago Department of Public Health is urging residents to drink lots of water and check on neighbors and elderly friends and family. People can call 311 […]

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    Chicagoans flock to 2015 Pride Parade

    CHICAGO — The parade’s colors were bright and vibrant, shining and sparkling down Broadway to the rhythms of celebration. With a beautiful June Sunday serving as backdrop, the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade was a spectacle for the senses. This pride weekend will be marked forever in American legal and social history: Chicago’s annual honoring of its LGBT community and causes has fallen within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn bans on same-sex marriage. “I feel like I’m at […]

  • United resumes flights after computer problems

    CHICAGO — United Airlines is getting back to normal today after flights worldwide were grounded for nearly two hours Wednesday morning. United grounded all of its planes because of “automation issues,” according to an FAA notice. An FAA spokeswoman said the airline was having computer problems. Long lines were reported at airports nationwide.  Agents gave handwritten boarding passes to many passengers. CNN reports 4,900 flights were impacted by the problem worldwide.  At O’Hare International Airport in Chicago United passengers experienced delays […]

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    Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago

    CHICAGO  — A 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago. Police say 7-year-old Amari Brown was shot after someone opened fire just before midnight Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at Stroger Hospital. Relatives say the boy had been celebrating with family when he was shot. “I don’t know how me and my family are going to […]

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    7-year-old killed among Fourth of July fatalities

    CHICAGO –  Three people are dead after a violent Fourth of July. A 7-year-old boy and two men were killed over night and at least 27 others were injured.   An overnight shooting in Humboldt Park left Amari Brown, 7, dead and a 26-year-old woman wounded.   Police said both were standing on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of N. Harding just before midnight when shots were fired.  The child was hit in the chest and pronounced dead at Stroger […]


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