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
  • Couple pregnant for second time with baby having congenital defect

    Aidan Rubenstein’s energy and personality are big enough to fill a room — a townhouse for that matter — filled corner to corner with love and mementoes of his now 3-year-old life. His parents, Neil and Amy, happily hover over each of these moments. None of them, they know, were ever guaranteed. Just three weeks before Aidan’s arrival, their doctor saw ultrasound images of the couple’s son and told them this: “His stomach is here, his heart is here, it’s […]

  • Man charged in murder of special ed teacher

    A reputed gang member who’s charged with shooting to death a special education teacher and wounding two others is scheduled to face a bond judge Thursday. 23-year-old Dominique Hodrick is accused of killing 58 year-old Betty Howard and wounding a man and a woman at a realty office at 79th and Evans in the Chatham neighborhood on May 29th. Howard worked at the Kale Realty office in the 700 block of East 79th Street as a second job. Police say […]

  • Same-sex marriage legal state-wide

    County clerks across the state are prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Quinn signed a bill into law last November. The law officially went into effect Sunday. Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, last June, 14 federal judges have declared same-sex marriage bans illegal. Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in states that offer same-sex marriages.

  • Quinn, Rauner pay tribute to our fallen soldiers

    Governor Pat Quinn is marking Memorial Day by promoting Illinois’ Welcome Home Heroes program, which offers mortgage assistance to veterans. The program provides vets with a $10,000 grant, as well as a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, if they buy a home in Illinois. 1,300 veterans have used the Welcome Home Heroes program to help them buy homes in 80 counties in Illinois, since the program launched in late 2011. Governor Quinn will be marching in the Memorial Day parade in […]

  • New hate crime lawsuit vs. Chicago Police

    The manager of a tanning salon in the Noble Square neighborhood is suing the City of Chicago and ten police officers for excessive force, a hate crime and an alleged cover-up, and it was captured on surveillance video. 32-year-old Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek was working at Copper Tan and Spa, at 1052 N. Milwaukee Ave. last summer when police raided the salon; they said an employee offered a sex act to an undercover officer. The surveillance video appears to show one officer hitting Klyzek […]

  • Parents end protest of CPS turnaround school

    A group of about 50 parents and students ended their sit-in protest at a Chicago Public School early Saturday with the promise of a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and school board officials. The group began their protest Friday afternoon at Gresham Elementary School at 8524 S. Green Street in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. They refused to leave the school until their concerns were heard by the school board. A school board vote last month designated this a turnaround school, which […]

  • O’Hare flight pattern causing problems for suburban residents

    Recent changes in O’Hare flight patterns are sending more traffic over Bensenville and some residents say the proximity and noise of the planes is intolerable. WGN’s Randi Belisomo reports.

  • Girl, 14, charged in shooting death of 14-year-old girl

    A 14 year-old girl is charged with shooting to death another 14 year-old girl over a boy. Endia Martin was shot in the back at Peoria and Garfield in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Monday afternoon. Martin was on her way home from Tilden Career Community Academy at the time, and was just blocks from her house. Counselors are on-hand at Tilden on Tuesday. The teen accused of the murder is charged as a juvenile, and her 24-year-old uncle […]

  • Catholics in Chicago celebrate canonization

    Unable to travel to Rome for the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, Cardinal Francis George will preside over a special Mass at Holy Name Cathedral Sunday evening. The worship service will cap 24 hours of celebration across the archdiocese, which started Saturday night. At St. Hyacinth Basilica, about 500 parishioners gathered at 3 a.m. to watch a live broadcast of the ceremonies in St. Peter Square. Banners with portraits of the two new saints were displayed […]

  • Motorola unveils headquarters at Merchandise Mart

    Motorola showcases on Tuesday it’s new, state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown Chicago. The company moved its offices from Libertyville to the Merchandise Mart. Motorola is the building’s largest tenant. It has 2,000 employees. It also has 600,000 square feet of office space, and occupies the top three floors and rooftop. The architecture and design firm Gensler designed the entire space. “Technical talent is in very, very high demand. Many people who are graduating from top universities with technology degrees, they have offers from […]