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
  • Abnormal cold in store for New Year’s Eve

    CHICAGO — Even for late December in Chicago, it is abnormally and awfully cold. The high today was 11 degrees, and temperatures may tumble to minus 6 degrees this New Year’s Eve night. That news has many planning to stay in for a warmer welcome to 2018. But the University of Chicago’s Dr. Michael Ernst says just five to 10 minutes out here can cause frostnip, which can eventually become frostbite. WGN’s Randi Belisomo caught up with some Chicagoans braving the cold […]

  • U of C Medicine opens new emergency room

    CHICAGO — The University of Chicago Medicine is ready to welcome new patients to its brand new adult emergency room. The state-of-the-art emergency department is part of an ambitious expansion at the U of C. It can treat adults for the most serious emergencies, including heart attack and stroke. UChicago Medicine already has a pediatric trauma center and a Burn and Complex Wound Center. The South Side lost its last adult trauma center 16 years ago, when Michael Reese Hospital closed its […]

  • Firefighters battle blaze in Hegewisch

    CHICAGO –A fire broke out at a 1.5-story building in the Hegewisch neighborhood. Firefighters responded to 135th and Buffalo shortly after 4 a.m. Friday and have been battling the blaze in defensive mode ever since. So far, no injuries have been reported. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. S&B 13544 S Buffalo. 1.5 story frame, 25×50. Vacant fighting fire defensive. 2 handlings. No injuries at this time. — Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) December 29, 2017

  • Property taxpayers scramble to pay bills by year’s end before rules change

    CHICAGO — Tens of thousands of Chicago-area homeowners are rushing to pay the first installment of their upcoming property taxes by the end of the year. Currently, homeowners can deduct all of their local property taxes from their federal income tax bill. But next year, changes in the new tax law set a $10,000 deduction limit. The first installment of 2017 taxes would normally be due March 1, 2018. So far, nearly 48,000 Cook County residents have downloaded their tax […]

  • Former guard at charter school charged with sexually assaulting 8-year-old

    CHICAGO – A former security guard at a Chicago charter school is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl earlier this month. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Omari Wilson sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl. He has been charged with one felony count of predatory criminal sexual assault as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on suspended license. Wilson was fired from the Betty Shabbaz International Charter School but officials there say the incident did not happen at the school and that […]

  • Police warn of holiday package thefts in Chicago

    CHICAGO — As holiday gift deliveries ramp up, package thieves are striking once again. Home security cameras recorded a  thief approaching a home in the 2300 block of North Rockwell last Thursday around 2 p.m. He took off with an Amazon delivery. Residents in the area say the problem isn’t going anywhere. FedEx customers are encouraged to manage deliveries by routing packages to a FedEx OnSite location. If you know you’ll be at work when a shipment comes, more than […]

  • Fire destroys two-story Lisle home

    LISLE — Two people are in serious condition after fire destroyed their two-story home Saturday morning. A passerby called 911 at 8:40 a.m. Saturday after they saw flames from the Dumoulin Avenue home. Two adults and four children were inside of the home when the flames broke out, according to Keith Krestan, Lisle-Woodridge District Fire Chief. The family had opened a second-floor window and were escaping when firefighters arrived. “Our initial response was approximately 26 firefighters, two truck companies, four engine […]

  • Every Chicago patrol officer now equipped with body camera

    CHICAGO — Every Chicago patrol officer is now equipped with a body camera and the Chicago Police Department is now equipped with the largest deployment of them in the nation. On Sunday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the more than two-year rollout project throughout the city is complete.  About 7,000 officers will be outfitted with body cameras and it’s all happening a year ahead of the expected timeline. This effort to increase transparency, improve officer accountability and strengthen community trust […]

  • White House announces new travel restrictions for people in 8 countries

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year. The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach. “Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Donald Trump tweeted just after his […]

  • Police interviewing people involved in case of woman found dead in freezer

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — Family and supporters of a teen found dead in a freezer at a suburban hotel were at the hotel Wednesday night demanding answers, as police investigate surveillance footage and interview people involved. The body of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found inside the freezer of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on River Road in Rosemont, Ill., early Sunday morning. She had been attending a party at the hotel. She was found 24 hours after concerned relatives contacted the hotel and police. […]