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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    Aldermen urge settlement in Bettie Jones shooting case

    CHICAGO — Some Chicago aldermen are urging the city to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman shot and killed by Chicago police. Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier were shot to death in late December, as police responded to a call at a West Side apartment. The officer was firing at LeGrier, but Jones was shot in the chest as she was standing behind a door she had opened for police. Jones’ daughter filed a wrongful death […]

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    Chicago Police officers shoot and kill man on the South Side

    CHICAGO –  Chicago Police officers shot and killed a man on the city’s South Side early Sunday morning. Officers responded to multiple calls of a “person with a gun” and a home invasion in the 7300 block of South Paulina Street just after 4 a.m. The Chicago Tribune reports the location is the childhood home of Bulls star Derrick Rose. A spokesman from the Independent Police Review Authority says officers were met by a man with a gun and they […]

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    On day of remembrance, a Holocaust story impossible to forget

    CHICAGO — In 2005, the United Nations selected this date to commemorate victims of the Holocaust, 6 million Jews and 5 million others murdered by the Nazi regime. On this date in 1945, the Russian army liberated the Auschwitz death camp. That was 71 years ago, and today, we heard from a survivor not that much older. Aaron Elster is 82 or 83, he’s not quite certain. In the Holocaust he lost records, his family, a childhood, his town, but remarkably never his incredible will […]

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    Philadelphia’s former police chief to advise Chicago force

    CHICAGO —Recently retired Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey will return to his hometown to guide civil rights reforms in the department in which he started his career: a Chicago Police Department in need of restored trust among the communities it protects and serves. Mayor Emanuel announced that Ramsey will provide counsel on policies, training and accountability today before attending a 3rd district roll call held at 63rd and University. Ramsey’s Chicago roots, the mayor says, are an advantage. “It’s unique. It’s […]

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    Belize police questioning suspect in murder of Chicago journalist

    CHICAGO — Chicago tourist Anne Swaney was found murdered in Belize last week.  Autopsy results determined that she was strangled. An examination also revealed lacerations and bruises on her head. The 39-year-old journalist was vacationing at a popular destination for Americans when authorities say they found her dead body in the Mopan River on January 15. Police and their canine team began searching for Swaney the day before when an employee of Nabitunich Cottages and Farm reported that she was missing. Police […]

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    Chicago copes with dangerously cold temperatures

    CHICAGO — Chicagoans are feeling the full force of winter. Temperatures are the coldest we’ve seen this winter. Temperatures hit the single digits and wind chills dipped well below zero. RELATED: CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF CITY WARMING CENTERS For a little perspective– back in 1982, we had one of our coldest days ever on January 10, 1982, when the low temperatures was 26 below with a wind chill of negative 80.

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    Get Us Home: Mother of son killed in shooting makes sure other kids are safe

    CHICAGO — It’s been just more than a year since Delores Bailey’s 15 year-old son, Demario, was murdered under a viaduct in the 6100 block of South King Drive. The Johnson College Prep student was escorting his twin brother, Demacio, to basketball practice when they were robbed at gun point. His killing shocked Chicago and made headlines across the nation. If Demario could be killed around noon time on a Saturday- en route to a school activity- no one was […]

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    Retrial ordered in death of man killed by CPD

    CHICAGO — A judge ordered a retrial today for two Chicago Police officers accused in a deadly shooting.  The city attorney involved in the case also submitted his resignation today. 27-year-old Darius Pinex  was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Englewood in 2011. The officers claimed his car matched a description they heard over the police radio of a car involved in a shooting. But city lawyers failed to turn over that dispatch recording, which talked about a […]

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    Chicago rings in the New Year … a little late

    CHICAGO – Twenty-thousand people lined the Riverwalk for Chi-Town Rising.   Instead of a ball dropping, there was a star rising. But the countdown was way off. At midnight, the star showed there was still 27 seconds to go until the New Year. It confused many people who were keeping track of the actual time. The band Chicago played right up until the final few seconds displayed on the star, but “Auld Lang Syne” seemed to start playing over them at […]

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    Fraternal Order of Police president welcomes Emanuel’s reforms

    The Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents rank-and-file Chicago police officers, is welcoming Mayor Emanuel’s reform proposals for the CPD for the most part. The mayor is pushing to give more tasers to police officers, and revamp their training in the wake of some controversial, high-profile police shootings. The F.O.P. President, Dean Angelo, says tasers are a good option if the need arises, but doesn’t solve all concerns. He also embraced the concept of crisis intervention training, but […]


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