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
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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 […]

  • Nationwide police protests extend to Chicago’s Loop

    A couple of hundred people gathered in Chicago’s Loop as nationwide marches took place against what some believe to be “police genocide.” Other cities such as Washington and New York also demonstrated Saturday, as thousands continue to protest the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other unarmed black teens at the hands of police. Invoking the familiar names of black men who died at the hands of police, thousands marched throughout the nation on Saturday to protest what they […]

  • Santa stays on roof to raise money to save Far South Side school

    Santa Claus usually flies from rooftop to rooftop but he’s planning to stay on the roof of a Chicago Catholic school on the Far South Side. He’s trying to help the school raise enough money to avoid being closed. St. Florian was one of six schools slated to close during the 2014-15 school-year by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Students, staff and the Hegewisch community raised $140,000 to keep the school open this year. But the school needs $56,000 for next […]

  • Willis Tower, Oprah’s Harpo Studios targeted in 2009 bomb plot: report

    A terror plot against the Willis Tower and Harpo Studios is thwarted. The “Judicial Watch Blog” says Emad Karahkrah and Hector Huerta allegedly planned to bring trucks loaded with plastic, C-4 explosives to the buildings in 2009. But, the FBI stopped them in Texas. The men are now in custody for unrelated charges. Karahkrah is in the Cook County Jail. He’s accused of making a bomb threat, and leading police on a high-speed chase with an ISIS flag on his […]

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    Cars towed as Chicago’s winter overnight parking ban begins

    Many car owners who weren’t paying attention to parking signs are waking up to find out their car was towed. Chicago’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban  went into effect at 3 a.m. today. Auto impound lots were full this morning with cars that have been towed: The auto impound lot at Sacramento is very full this morning. The Winter Overnight Parking Ban starts today. pic.twitter.com/CYMHRDESwr — ChicagoDrives (@ChicagoDrives) December 1, 2014 The parking ban will be enforced along 107 miles of […]

  • 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 […]


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