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
  • Chicagoans celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos, tequila

    CHICAGO — It’s the day to commemorate Mexico’s underdog victory over France at the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. And far north of the border on the North Side of Chicago, Cinco de Mayo is the time for tacos and tequila. WGN’s Randi Belisomo has more.

  • Police turn to technology, stiffer penalties to combat carjacking surge

    CHICAGO — Officials unveiled a new strategy to curtail a surge carjackings Sunday, combining cutting-edge technology and stiffer penalties for offenders. In the first four months of 2018 there have been 243 carjackings in Chicago, already outpacing last year, when the city had the most carjackings in a decade. A recent series of carjackings on the Gold Coast and on the West Side left several victims in its wake, including an 84-year-old man. In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt. […]

  • Man stabbed in the Loop

    CHICAGO — A 34-year-old man was stabbed in the Loop on Friday night. The victim was walking in the 100 block of West Van Buren Street about 8:40 p.m. Friday when someone in a dark jacket approached and began talking, police said. That man then stabbed the victim in his abdomen and neck. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where his condition had stabilized. No one was in custody. 8:40pm Friday: a guy approached a 34 year old […]

  • Tom Dart sued over delayed release into electronic monitoring

    CHICAGO — A Cook County Thursday delayed action on a suit against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart over what some are calling unlawful detentions. According to a suit filed earlier this year, 55 people were kept in custody even after their bonds were posted. Dart said the electronic-monitoring system is overwhelmed and has resulted in a dramatic increase in the release of violent offenders. The judge turned down the plaintiff’s injunction request, saying Dart should be given time to respond […]

  • ‘I’m sorry:’ Zuckerberg opens Senate hearing with an apology

    WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began a two-day congressional inquisition Tuesday with a public apology for a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant he founded more than a decade ago. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH LIVE TESTIMONY Zuckerberg opened his remarks before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees by taking responsibility for failing to prevent Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, from gathering personal information from 87 million users to try to […]

  • 3 firefighters injured in bakery blaze on Southwest Side

    CHICAGO — Three firefighters are recovering after an early-morning fire at a bakery on the Southwest Side. The fire started before 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West 41st Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to authorities. The site was home to Chris’ Bakery. Several firefighters were trapped inside the bakery after wind slammed a door shut behind them. All three suffered burns and were taken to local hospitals in good condition. “There was a lot of […]

  • ‘Serial stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman unfit to stand trial, judge rules

    CHICAGO — The woman dubbed the ‘serial stowaway’ is unfit to stand trial, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday morning. Marilyn Hartman was back in court as authorities tried to figure out what to do about her repeated efforts to board planes without tickets. She’s been in jail since January, held without bond since boarding a flight from O’Hare to London’s Heathrow Airport without a ticket. In court, two mental health professionals said she was unfit for trial. The judge […]

  • ‘Serial stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman back in court

    CHICAGO — What to do with Marilyn Hartman? That’s the question at a hearing Thursday for a 66-year-old woman dubbed the “serial stowaway” for a history of trying to sneak onto commercial jets without a ticket. She’s behind bars, not because she faces charges that she slipped onto a jet from Chicago to London, but because of what the judge who set her free told her not to do: She returned to the airport. Now, two months after a judge […]

  • Merchandise Mart’s facade to become a giant canvas for local artists

    CHICAGO — The Merchandise Mart’s 2.6-acre facade will soon transform into the world’s largest permanent projection canvas, dubbed “Art on theMART.” “This new installation will be a game changer,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE. Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared 2017 to be the “Year of Public Art,” and the effort culminates in the largest plan of them all. Art on the MART is part of City Hall’s idea to attract 55 million tourists annually and turn the riverfront into attraction to match the […]

  • Illinois GOP leaders slam Rep. Jeanie Ives’ new campaign ad attacking Rauner

    CHICAGO — Illinois Republicans are lining up to condemn a new campaign ad by one of their own. State Rep. Jeanie Ives, a three term legislator from Wheaton, began airing an ad over the weekend that attacks Governor Bruce Rauner on a number of issues, including abortion, immigration and transgender rights. Some are calling the ad racist, sexist, transphobic and divisive. The ad plays off a previous commercial for her current opponent in the GOP primary, Governor Rauner. It featured […]