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
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    Autopsy results enough to charge officer, Brown family attorney says

    (CNN) — An independent autopsy into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, provides “ample” evidence to support the arrest of the police officer who shot him, family attorney Daryl Parks said Monday at a news conference. Parks was particularly concerned about gunshots that medical examiners hired by the family indicate came from behind and above. “Why would he be shot in the very top of his head, a 6-foot-4 man?” Parks asked. “Makes no sense.” The autopsy could […]

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    Notre Dame football players investigated for academic dishonesty

    The University of Notre Dame is investigating four members of its football team for academic dishonesty. The student-athletes are receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore, said Notre Dame vice president and athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The four are suspected of having submitted homework and papers they did not write, according to a statement by Notre Dame. Until the investigation is complete, they will not practice or compete, but they will remain enrolled […]

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    Education Dept. investigating Chicago school civil rights allegations

    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating alleged Title VI civil rights violations at two public schools on the South Side. The complaint was filed by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization of Chicago on behalf of African American students enrolled at Dyett High School, 555 East 51st Street, and Mollison Elementary School, 4415 South King Drive. “Whatever is happening in public education negatively, we are witnessing it in the city of Chicago,” said Janette Wilson of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. […]

  • 5-month-old ejected in West Side car crash

    A 5-month-old infant and his mother are hospitalized after a van crashed into a telephone pole. It happened just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as the van was heading north on Pulaksi, ejecting the baby from the vehicle. When authorities arrived on the scene, unopened beer cans were found in the passengers seat. They’re investigating how the crash happened and if the child seat in the car was properly installed. The baby was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. The mother remains […]

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    CTA releases renovation timeline for 2 West Side Blue Line stations

    The upcoming renovation of much of the CTA’S Blue Line will mean a big headache for some West Side commuters. The line’s California Ave. rapid transit station will close for six weeks starting September 4th to accommodate a major upgrade; it will get a better platform, better lighting, new signs, new bicycle racks and more turnstiles. It’s expected to reopen on October 16th if all goes according to schedule. Then the Damen Ave. station will be closed starting October 20th. […]

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    4 shot outside Goose Island nightclub

    Four people were shot and injured outside a nightclub on Chicago’s Near North Side nightclub early this morning. Police say the shooting happened about 3:40 a.m. outside the club,  Hearts, at 1115 North North Branch Street. Two victims were found shot in the nightclub’s parking lot. Police say  a 37 year old man was shot in the left knee and a  29 year old man was struck in the right thigh and right armpit. Both victims were taken to Northwestern […]

  • Concerns grow over `transit desert` in Chicago

    More than 400 thousand Cook County residents live in “transit deserts” and face more difficulty and potential cost in getting around. A study, funded by grants and private philanthropy, from the Center for Neighborhood Technology defined a transit desert to be more than a half mile from a rail stop or at least one quarter of a mile from express bus service or a bus route offering service every 15 minutes or less. Researchers say four of the region’s five big job areas are […]

  • Thousands march in downtown Chicago protesting attacks in Gaza

    Thousands of Palestinian protesters and sympathizers demonstrated today in downtown Chicago at the Israeli Consulate. The protestors demanded an immediate halt to Israel’s military action in Gaza, where more than 400 people have been killed. They say there are a quarter million Palestinians in Chicago and they are not being heard. The consulate general released a statement in response to the marchers saying, “Today, is a tragic day. 13 Israeli soldiers were killed by the terrorist organization Hamas. We regret […]

  • Pro-Israeli and Palestinian supporters rally in West Loop

    Hundreds of pro-Israeli and Palestinian protesters rallied near the Israeli Consulate in the West Loop Tuesday. Chicago police officers assigned to the Mounted Unit kept the two sides separate at Madison and Canal. RELATED: FAA bans U.S. flights to airport in Tel Aviv, Israel for 24 hours More than 30 organizations that support Israel are making their voices heard. They are arguing Israel only wants peace, and has a right to defend itself. “The message is simple and clear: say […]

  • Cardinal George to help border children being housed in Chicago

    Cardinal George wants to reach out to the children who crossed the border illegally, and are now being housed in Chicago. George told the Sun-Times that the Archdiocese of Chicago has asked the federal government for permission to feed the 429 minors who are already here. He also wants to provide housing to others who have come to the U.S. to escape dangerous conditions in Central America. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border illegally since October.


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