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
  • Chicagoans reach great heights in 18th annual Step Up For Kids

    The numbers are big ones: 80 floors, 1,643 steps total ascended by 2,500 participants this morning at the 18th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids Stair Climb. The Aon Center event was expected to raise more than $600,000 Sunday. In just shy of two decades, it has brought in more than five million for the Lurie Children’s Family Services Center. Those are funded almost entirely by philanthropy alone.  

  • 4 CPD officers injured after SUVs collide during chase in Little Village

    CHICAGO – Four Chicago Police officers were injured early Sunday morning  when two squad cars crashed while chasing a stolen vehicle in on the Southwest Side. The two police SUVs collided around 3:35 a.m. near the intersection of 26th Street and South California Avenue, just across from the Cook County Criminal Courts Building.  News Affairs says both SUVs were responding to the call of a stolen vehicle. Two officers were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, and two others were taken […]

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    2 seriously injured after car crashes into frozen lagoon in Lincoln Park

    CHICAGO — A man and woman are hospitalized with serious injuries after their car slid off Lake Shore Drive and ended up in the Diversey Harbor lagoon. It happened just before 2 a.m. Monday The car landed upside down on the frozen surface of the lagoon. Rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to get the passengers out. Part of the guardrail along the west edge of the drive was destroyed. The man is being treated at Illinois Masonic […]

  • Police warn Albany Park businesses following series of burglaries

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police are warning Albany Park business owners on North Kedzie Avenue after a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. Four incidents have damaged stores in the last few weeks. The most recent happened at Mounsef International, a Middle Eastern grocery that has been a fixture in the 4700 block of North Kedzie for 30 years. Two more burglaries happened two blocks north, one at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 and another at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 8. The first […]

  • Arson suspected in Far South Side fire

    CHICAGO — Arson investigators are looking into what caused a massive fire on the far South Side, where nine people were rescued. The fire broke out in the 9000 block of South Cottage Grove at about 2:30 a.m. Fire crews arrived to find smoke pouring out of the third floor windows. They rescued nine people, helping them down ladders.  Three went to Trinity Hospital to get treated for smoke inhalation. Investigators say circumstances of the fire, which may have started in the back […]

  • How Chicagoans can beat cold on a low budget

    When temperatures drop, that means trouble for many Chicagoans who struggle to pay all of the household bills. Several lawmakers held a winter resource fair in Chicago Saturday to help educate those who need to defeat the cold, but don’t believe they have the money to do it. West sider Tony Thompson says he’s afraid his utilities will be disconnected. That is why he joined a long line of anxious others at Malcolm X College Saturday, looking for financial assistance […]

  • Chicago crime and murders at historic lows

    Chicago police say 2014 ended with historic lows in crime and murders. Police said they recorded the fewest murders since 1965. Still, the last murder of the year was recorded yesterday, when a masked gunman followed a tow truck driver into a tire shop office and fatally shot him on the South Side. The man, identified as Reginald Jones, was taken to Jackson Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Four other people were shot and wounded in separate shootings […]

  • Morton Salt spills onto nearby cars after partial building collapse

    Chicago police and fire responded Tuesday afternoon to a partial building collapse at a Morton Salt storage facility on 1301 N. Elston Avenue. A wall of the building collapsed, and a mountain of salt poured onto several nearby vehicles. Fire officials said workers at the storage facility apparently piled the salt  higher than they were supposed to, and the resulting pressure caused the south wall to cave. The building was last inspected by the city in March of 2014. It has an […]

  • Synagogue, garages hit with anti-Semitic graffiti in West Rogers Park

    Vandalism spotted outside an East Lakeview synagogue may be connected to the anti-Semitic graffiti found on garages and a synagogue in West Rogers Park over the weekend. A dinosaur and the initials “RN” were spray painted on a porta-potty outside Temple Sholom in the 3400 block of N. Lake Shore Drive. Chicago police issued a bulletin warning synagogues to be on alert after similar images and anti-Semitic messages were found in West Rogers Park. The Congregation Atereth Yehoshua synagogue in […]

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    19-year-old killed in Cal City house party was days away from joining Army

    A teenager who was killed at a party in Calumet City was just days away from joining the Army. 19-year-old Dewayne Purnell was one of eight people shot early Sunday morning. Police say they received a call of shots fired at the residence at 619 Escanaba at around 1:50 a.m. Authorities say when they arrived they saw a large number of young people running from the house. Victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance and by self transport. Witnesses […]

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