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
  • Ebola

    American nurse with protective gear gets Ebola: How could this happen?

    On the surface, the nurse seemed to have taken all the precautions needed to protect herself from Ebola. She wore a mask, gown, shield and gloves. Her patient was isolated in an American hospital. And yet the woman still contracted Ebola, marking the first known transmission ever in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there was a breach in protocol, but haven’t elaborated on what it means. Instead, it said the protocols laid out for […]

  • Daniel Brown (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

    Chicago police captain shot in Englewood standoff; 1 man in custody, 1 dead

    A Chicago Police Captain wounded during a long stand-off in the Englewood neighborhood is hospitalized Wednesday in serious condition, but is expected to survive. Captain Edward Kulbida suffered a graze wound to the head, and was also shot in the shoulder. He is said to be cracking jokes, and is surrounded by family and fellow officers. “I just was so grateful that he was alive, and I said ‘Officer, God protected you and the angels were watching over you, and […]

  • 81-year-old driver found slumped over wheel before fatal crash in Oak Lawn

    New details have been released on what happened just before a deadly accident in Oak Lawn. Three people were killed and 11 were were taken to hospitals, two in critical condition, after a multi-vehicle crash just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday. According to Oak Lawn police,  a witness says Edward Carthans, 81, was first seen driving a Ford pick-up at 95th & Western Ave. He appeared to be slumped over at the wheel of his truck . When asked if he needed […]

  • More delays and cancellations at Chicago Airports

  • Cubs to play final home game before renovations begin

    The Chicago Cubs will play their final home game of the 2014 season Wednesday night, the last game before a giant video screen is installed at Wrigley Field. The $575 million renovations of the 100-year-old ball park are expected to begin sometime over the next few days. The walls along Kenmore Avenue will be torn down to make way for the major changes in the outfield. By opening day next April, the Cubs hope to have a brand new video […]

  • Emanuel to lobby for decriminalized pot

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel will lobby state lawmakers today to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Currently, Chicago merely issues a ticket to anyone caught with a stash the size of a pack of cigarettes or smaller. The mayor says possession of a gram or less should be a misdemeanor; he says fewer people would be stigmatized as criminals, and the police could devote their efforts to more serious crimes. Emanuel’s strategy is to push softer penalties for pot, […]

  • Daredevils take the `Skyline Plunge` for charity

    Several dozen daredevils went over the edge at the-Wit Hotel today.. and it was all for a good cause. They took the “Skyline Plunge” to raise money to fight lung disease. WGN’s Randi Belisomo reports.

  • Suspect sought after woman fondled on Red Line train

    Chicago police are searching for a suspect in a sexual abuse incident that happened on a CTA Red Line train. Police say a man made inappropriate contact with a 23-year-old woman while riding the train at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The CTA train was southbound between the North/Clybourn and Chicago stops. Guardian Angels have been passing out flyers near those stations, asking commuters for help identifying the man. The suspect was described as white, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, with blond or […]

  • police shooting aug 24

    2 men dead in separate Chicago police-involved shootings

    Two men are dead after police-involved shootings overnight. The shootings were unrelated and happened in two different neighborhoods. The first happened in East Garfield park. Police responded to a report of a possible gunman near California and Polk. A man led them on a foot chase, eventually up the stairs to a residence. That’s when police say the suspect turned around and pointed a gun at an officer. The officer then shot and killed the gunman on the stairs. Police say […]

  • Photo credit: Normandy Schools Collaborative/Daphne J. Dorsey

    Autopsy results enough to charge officer, Brown family attorney says

    (CNN) — An independent autopsy into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, provides “ample” evidence to support the arrest of the police officer who shot him, family attorney Daryl Parks said Monday at a news conference. Parks was particularly concerned about gunshots that medical examiners hired by the family indicate came from behind and above. “Why would he be shot in the very top of his head, a 6-foot-4 man?” Parks asked. “Makes no sense.” The autopsy could […]


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