Randi Belisomo

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
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    Church rises from ashes after devastating fire

    CHICAGO — Despite the devastating fire that engulfed the Shrine of Christ the King last month, the community at this historic landmark has many reasons for gratitude in this season of Thanksgiving. “This is not just a story about a fire or a tragedy, it’s a story about becoming better people in the light of the tragedy so that there can be good and hope for all of our lives all across Chicago and the world,”  said The Rev. Canon […]

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    Chicago Catholic sister competes on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

    CHICAGO — When a young woman takes vows of obedience and poverty, she makes a pact with God to stay in the shadows, and to put the needs of others before her own. Service is what 30-year-old Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres agreed to — never seeking the spotlight. However, a bit of celebrity is coming to her Monday night. The woman responsible for feeding hundreds of West Siders each month will be featured on Food Network’s “Chopped.” “I think it brings […]

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    Vigil held for 14 year old killed in shooting

    CHICAGO — Fourteen-year-old J’Quantae Riles’ mother did not want her children growing up in Chicago. There are too many shootings here, and too many people she loved have been killed. She tried to move away, but her son was killed a little more than a week after she felt forced to return. “You don’t want to be in my shoes,” Franika Marshall said Sunday afternoon as she prepared to bury her son while awaiting the arrival of identical twin girls. […]

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    Illinois medical marijuana sales start Monday

    CHICAGO — Illinois officials say patients will be able to buy medical marijuana legally for the first time Monday. For patients like Ed Norville, the news is significant. Since 2009, 73-year-old Ed has been living with colon cancer. Recently, the cancer spread to his lung. “You get chemo, and it doesn’t feel that good, Norville said. His daily oral chemotherapy regimen has diminished his appetite, and he has lost 23 pounds. Norville is hoping that one of eight medical marijuana […]

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    Man visiting Chicago with girlfriend gets stabbed, then fights back

    CHICAGO — Neil McCarthy and his girlfriend were enjoying a great evening in Chicago Saturday, doing what tourists do. They visited Navy Pier, tried some pizza and took a walk along Oak Street Beach. But their evening was interrupted when three men jumped out from behind a park bench along the lakefront and ordered McCarthy to hand over his wallet and his phone. “We kind of said, ‘really?’ and to and froed for ten or twenty seconds,” McCarthy explained. But the […]

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    Emanuel, McCarthy announce gun buy-back fund

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced a $250,000 fund to enable religious and community organizations to host gun buy-back events. The money may be used for organization, advertising and $100 cash cards for each weapon turned in anonymously- with no questions asked. “We’re going to try everything we can to bring a level of security and safety throughout the city of Chicago so that our families and our children have the opportunity to grow […]

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    Mayor Emanuel to announce gun buy-back fund today

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel will announce a new fund today to support local gun buy-back events. The city will provide $250,000 for churches and community-based organizations to host their own gun buy-backs. The police department will help staff them, recover the guns and provide cash cards for the guns that are turned in. The organizations will host and promote the events.

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    Father held on $75K bail after 6-year-old son fatally shoots 3-year-old brother

    CHICAGO — The Santiago family linked arms and hands behind 25-year-old Michael Santiago Sunday afternoon as he faced a felony charge of child endangerment following the death of his 3-year-old son, Eian. Through their anger and grief, they wanted Michael to come home and begged for a bond that they could afford. Prosecutors asked that it be one million dollars, but bond was set at $75,000; the judge maintained that whether it was seven-figures or lower, it is not bringing […]

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    Cubs win, but so do Pirates: Wednesday’s wild-card game will be in Pittsburgh

    MILWAUKEE –The National League Wild Card game is set. The Chicago Cubs will hit the road and play the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night. Cubs Starter Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA) will take the mound against the Pirates’ Gerritt Cole, (19-8, 2.60 ERA). The teams for the wild card game have been known for days, but the location was decided on the final day of the regular season. The Cubs needed a win, and a Pirates loss, to have the game […]

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    Careless smoking blamed for fire that killed 12-year-old girl

    CHICAGO — Flames burst through a two and a half story home in the 5000 block of South Carpenter Street at 10:20 p.m. Friday. “Little kids starting running down the street screaming, ‘help, help,’ and I turned around and see fire bust out the window,” said Rufus Edmond, a neighbor. The fire quickly engulfed the house, and smoke blanketed the Back of the Yards block. “People started jumping out the window, and I called the police first,” Edmond said. The Chicago […]


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