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
  • Cold weather doesn’t stop Chicago weekend violence

    Four people were killed and more than a dozen injured over a 24-hour period during the weekend in Chicago. One of the shootings occurred at a West Side party. Among the wounded over the weekend included six teens. The latest fatality took place around 3 a.m. Sunday, when a man was found dead inside a vehicle in the 400 block of West Evergreen Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds.

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    Jane Byrne funeral arrangements scheduled for Monday

    Funeral arrangements for former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne are scheduled for Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1010 W. Webster Ave. Byrne died shortly after 10 a.m. Friday while in hospice care in a high-rise near the Water Tower downtown. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., when the mass begins, said Sandra Antablin, funeral director for the Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home on behalf of Byrne’s family. Byrne will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston immediately […]

  • Two double murders at two separate crime scenes in Ford Heights

    Four people were shot dead at two separate crime scene during a bloody weekend in south suburban Ford Heights. Late Friday afternoon two people were found dead inside a home in the 1400 block of Regent Ln. They have been identified as 38-year-old Mchezo McMillian and 21-year-old Ashley Hudson. Both had multiple gunshot wounds and the home had no signs of forced entry. Early this morning within walking distance in the 1500 block of Park Lane two people, a 19-year-old […]

  • Funeral held for serial killer victim

    Those at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in East Chicago today cried for a young woman they say was intelligent, kind and compassionate. 19 year old Afrikka Hardy was found strangled in a Hammond, Indiana Motel 6 last month. investigators say suspected serial killer Darren Vann confessed to murdering her and six others. Her family traveled from Colorado for the funeral and to receive her ashes. The church and Divinity Funeral Home footed the bill, as the hardy family could not. […]

  • Waukegan teachers vote to approve contract

    The nearly month-long teachers strike in north suburban Waukegan has come to an end. Teachers waited in a long line to vote today on a new three- year contract.  They approved the tentative agreement  with 86% of the vote to approve. Nearly 1,200 members in the Waukegan Teachers’ Council voted. Last night, Gov Quinn sent state board of education chairman Gery Chico to act as an arbitrator. Once the students are back in class, they will have to make up […]

  • Two held without bail in shooting of off-duty officer

    Two teens were held without bail Sunday and accused of the attempted murder of an off-duty Chicago police officer. The 41-year-old officer remains in the hospitalized. 19-year-olds Abdourahmane Soumare and Jordan Bailey were ordered held without bail at a hearing at Cook County bond court. Bailey has been charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery where a gun was discharged, aggravated battery in the discharge of a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm – are all felonies. Soumare was […]

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    O’Hare passengers from Liberia evaluated at Chicago hospitals

    The condition of one of the air travelers being evaluated at a hospital in Chicago has improved and has been moved out of isolation. Two people arrived on separate flights at O’Hare Airport Tuesday from Liberia complaining of illness. Officials decided against screening them for Ebola. The Tribune reports that one of the passengers is an adult who reported nausea and diarrhea. That person was diagnosed with Typhoid Fever in August, but had a normal temperature during a screening at […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]


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