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
  • How Chicagoans can beat cold on a low budget

    When temperatures drop, that means trouble for many Chicagoans who struggle to pay all of the household bills. Several lawmakers held a winter resource fair in Chicago Saturday to help educate those who need to defeat the cold, but don’t believe they have the money to do it. West sider Tony Thompson says he’s afraid his utilities will be disconnected. That is why he joined a long line of anxious others at Malcolm X College Saturday, looking for financial assistance […]

  • Chicago crime and murders at historic lows

    Chicago police say 2014 ended with historic lows in crime and murders. Police said they recorded the fewest murders since 1965. Still, the last murder of the year was recorded yesterday, when a masked gunman followed a tow truck driver into a tire shop office and fatally shot him on the South Side. The man, identified as Reginald Jones, was taken to Jackson Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Four other people were shot and wounded in separate shootings […]

  • Morton Salt spills onto nearby cars after partial building collapse

    Chicago police and fire responded Tuesday afternoon to a partial building collapse at a Morton Salt storage facility on 1301 N. Elston Avenue. A wall of the building collapsed, and a mountain of salt poured onto several nearby vehicles. Fire officials said workers at the storage facility apparently piled the salt  higher than they were supposed to, and the resulting pressure caused the south wall to cave. The building was last inspected by the city in March of 2014. It has an […]

  • Synagogue, garages hit with anti-Semitic graffiti in West Rogers Park

    Vandalism spotted outside an East Lakeview synagogue may be connected to the anti-Semitic graffiti found on garages and a synagogue in West Rogers Park over the weekend. A dinosaur and the initials “RN” were spray painted on a porta-potty outside Temple Sholom in the 3400 block of N. Lake Shore Drive. Chicago police issued a bulletin warning synagogues to be on alert after similar images and anti-Semitic messages were found in West Rogers Park. The Congregation Atereth Yehoshua synagogue in […]

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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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