Randi Belisomo currently serves as a general assignment reporter at WGN-TV and CLTV, where she began her career in 2006. Belisomo 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 currently pursuing doctoral work in bioethics and health policy at Loyola University-Chicago. She is a Peter Lisagor Award winner for best in-depth series, best feature and best sports story.

She is president and co-Founder of Life Matters Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making.

Belisomo is a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio, Relevant Radio, WGN 720 AM and Reuters Health.

She currently serves on the boards of Living Water International and Mental Health America-Illinois. She is a chairperson of the Carlos Hernandez Award in Meritorious Journalism at DePaul University.


Recent Articles
  • Chicago murders up in January 2017 compared to last year

    CHICAGO — After a violent month of January in Chicago, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is calling for a culture of accountability among gun offenders — a culture he knows will take time to create. But he is hoping that two new tech assets will help speed that culture along. “I’ve talked to my colleagues across the country,” Johnson told reporters this morning. “They’re seeing the same things that we’re seeing, too many guns on the street.” Johnson addressed January violence […]

  • Trump calls Chicago a ‘war zone’ in first TV interview as president

    In his first sit down interview since taking office, President Trump addressed violence in Chicago. The interview came after a tweet he sent out Tuesday night that called out the city of Chicago on its gun violence, saying he will send in the feds if the horrible “carnage” going on is not resolved. If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds! — Donald […]

  • City officials respond after Trump tweets he will ‘send in the Feds’ to Chicago

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, for the first time since taking office, has tweeted about violence in Chicago, saying: “I will send in the Feds” if they don’t fix the “horrible ‘carnage'” going on. He tweeted about the shootings there in early January, saying at the time as President-elect: “If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help.” Tuesday night he wrote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings […]

  • Chicago educators and activists press for more money in ‘Day of Direct Action’

    CHICAGO — Education activists, led by the Chicago Teachers Union, are staging what they call a “Day of Direct Action.” They are protesting the education policies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner, president-elect Donald Trump and the school system. Among other things, the organizers want to stop the appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary; DeVos is an advocate of school choice for parents. They want all schools declared sanctuary zones; they want to raise taxes on the wealthy; […]

  • Mother of Chicago police shooting victim skeptical of improvements

    CHICAGO — The mother of a man who was shot by Chicago Police says she’s not optimistic the department will make improvements in response to a Dept. of Justice report. Dorothy Holmes is the mother of Ronald Jonhson, who was shot and killed by police in 2014 during a foot chase in Washington Park. Holmes watched Friday’s DOJ press conference and listened to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promises of reform. She said the DOJ report confirmed what she already believed: that […]

  • 2017 Chicago Cubs Convention kicks off today

    CHICAGO — The 32nd annual Chicago Cubs convention kicks off today. The convention will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located at 301 E North Water Street. Fans will get to see players, coaches, and the World Series trophy through Sunday, January 15. The current Cubs players who are expected to attend the convention are: Albert Almora Jr., Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, Wade Davis, Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber, Carl […]

  • Freezing rain causes crashes, slide-offs during morning commute

    CHICAGO — Freezing rain caused dangerous conditions on area roadways this morning. Multiple crashes and slide-offs were reported all around the Chicago area and travel times were significantly delayed due to the slick road conditions. A Freezing Rain Advisory remained in effect until 9 a.m. #TRAFFICALERT: ACCIDENT LEFT LANE BLOCKED NB I-57 at 167th St pic.twitter.com/3FiG4TW2od — WGN-TV Traffic (@WGNtraffic) January 12, 2017 SLOW COMMUTE- #Chicagoland travel times at 6:40AM pic.twitter.com/bhn0Q7P9kY — WGN-TV Traffic (@WGNtraffic) January 12, 2017 Your drive times at […]

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, politicians and clergy speak out against Trump’s AG pick

    CHICAGO — The Reverend Jesse Jackson was joined by politicians and clergy Sunday to oppose the nomination of senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. WGN’s Randi Belisomo has the story.

  • First gun deaths, police-involved shooting of 2017 happen on Jan. 1

    CHICAGO — Two men shot and killed each other very early Sunday morning, and a man was shot while struggling with police Sunday afternoon, as the first day of 2017 also saw some of the first shooting incidents of the year. The first hours of 2017 were violent ones in several areas across the city, and at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, police say a 38-year-old man and 25-year-old man were shooting at each other in the Uptown neighborhood. They both were taken to Illinois Masonic, […]

  • 6 armed robberies of Chicago delivery drivers this holiday season

    CHICAGO – A string of delivery truck robberies have been reported this holiday season. Since Nov. 30, there have been six armed robberies of FedEx and UPS drivers. On Wednesday, two FedEx delivery drivers were targeted by thieves. One happened at 80th and Saginaw. A 40-year-old FedEx driver was approached by a man in a ski mask who pulled out a gun then stole two packages from the truck before running away. Earlier in the day a different FedEx driver’s […]