Randi Belisomo

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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    Chicago Cubs secure spot in playoffs after Giants fall to A’s

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008. The Cubs were assured of at least an NL wild-card slot Friday night when San Francisco lost to Oakland. First-year manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs missed a chance to seal a playoff berth much earlier in the day when they lost to Pittsburgh 3-2 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs trail NL Central-leading St. Louis by 7 1/2 games with nine games left. The […]

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    Father investigates sounds of gunfire, shot and killed

    CHICAGO —  Ashton Simpson is not a typical victim of gun violence. The 36-year-old married father of three was dedicated to the improvement of his South Side neighborhood and wanted to keep the area safe for families like his own. That is why he decided to go outside Sunday night, but that decision was a deadly one. “He shouldn’t have been out there, he should have been in the house with his family,” Simpson’s wife Kelly said. The couple and their three children had returned home […]

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    Man killed while checking on gunfire outside his South Side home

    CHICAGO — A husband and father of three young children was shot to death while checking out gunfire near his South Side home. Ashton Simpson, 36, was shot and killed around 9 p.m. Sunday night in an alley just doors from his home near 83rd and Wood St. Relatives say Simpson had just returned from the grocery store with his family when he heard gunshots.  He brought his wife and children into their house then went to check out the […]

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    Two children dead, woman injured in Kenosha home

    KENOSHA, Wis. -At 3:15 a.m. Satuday on the 5000 block of 33rd Avenue, one Kenosha man arrived home from work to a horrific scene. “The husband came home and found them, and he’s the one who called police,” said neighbor Mary Hood. 911 dispatchers heard the man say that his wife was trying to kill his children. “There’s a lot of blood, I hear there’s blood all over the house,” Hood said. By the time police arrived, two children were dead. […]

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    Suspect in custody in Willowbrook sex assault, stabbing

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After a three day manhunt, the U.S. Marshals arrested a suspect in South Bend connected to this weekend’s home invasion and sexual assault in Willowbrook. According to the Illinois State Crime Commission, those in Willowbrook and across the area can feel safe that this threat is now in custody. An anonymous tipster led to the arrest. According to sources in South Bend, Willowbrook suspect now being held at St Joseph County Jail. More after Cubs @WGNNews — […]

  • 22 arrested in senior citizen protest on Mag Mile

    CHICAGO — 22 protesters were arrested today when senior citizens concerned about state funding for the elderly blocked North Michigan Avenue. The seniors stopped traffic to draw attention to the state fiscal crisis. They say Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to cut their home care is both heartless and short-sighted. The Community Care Program helps seniors live independently and was established to help reduce nursing home costs to taxpayers. The state estimates that 36,000 seniors could lose home care services under […]

  • Protesters rally nationwide after another Planned Parenthood video released

    AURORA, Ill. — At 320 clinics across the country, thousands turned out in protest and in prayer. Their hope is that Planned Parenthood, which conducts 300 thousand abortions annually, will lose its federal funding in the wake of a series of undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the potential sales of fetal organs. Though it is illegal to profit from the sale of organs and tissues from aborted fetuses, the latest in the series of edited videos, released Friday, reveals discussion of procurement of  brain, […]

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    State budget impasse threatens WIC program

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — The budget impasse in Springfield threatens to halt a program that provides nutritional services for needy women, infants and children in Illinois. The community action agency that operates the state’s largest WIC program is already feeling the impact. CEDA (the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.) WIC was able to cover its expenses for the first month of the state budget crisis, but now the program is facing a crisis itself. The agency […]

  • Hot and sticky weather hanging over Chicago

    CHICAGO — Hot and sticky sums up the Chicagoland forecast — prompting words of caution for anyone heading to lollapalooza this weekend. It will feel like it’s in the mid 90’s in some locations today. City health officials warn to save outdoor activities until this evening, wear light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water. Crews setting up for Lollapalooza this weekend at Grant Park are forced to work in the stifling conditions. For fans heading to the three day music […]

  • Searching for answers in Sandra Bland case

    LISLE, Ill. — What happened to Sandra Bland? That’s a question being asked nationwide and at DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the 28-year-old’s faith community remembered her Sunday morning. Texas prosecutors have called for a grand jury review of findings from an investigation into the Bland’s death. Her family questioned the claim that she committed suicide while in Waller County Jail. Many at the Lisle, Ill., church Sunday signed a petition to pursue the case differently. Bland was preparing […]


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