Randy McIlwain joined NBC 5 in October 2003. Randy works as a general assignment reporter and a fill-in anchor for sports.
Randy started his career in television journalism in 1990 as a photojournalist at WSEE-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania. In December 1990, Randy was promoted to reporter in six months and covered city hall, crime, and politics.
Randy was there for the political rise of Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, covering him through his terms as Congressman and his run for Governor. Some of his most memorable interviews from Erie included Muhammad Ali (boxer), and Former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton on numerous occasions while they were on the campaign trail.
In 1994, Randy moved to WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio as the Education reporter for 2 ½ years, and broke many stories concerning Dayton schools and public education in Ohio. He also hosted the show HI-Q, an academic quiz show featuring teams from different high schools in the Miami Valley area.
In October 1997, Randy moved west to KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, where he spent six years as an investigative and senior reporter.
He earned a bachelors degree in Speech Communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he attended college on a football scholarship, while lettering in each of his four years, and was awarded “All Conference” honors.
Randy has received numerous awards for his journalism work, including Associated Press and Civic honors, the most recent is the 2003 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters 1st place award for enterprising reporting for an investigation on the price of healthcare for Oklahoma City jails.
He’s been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Urban League, Rotary International, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Randy enjoys weightlifting, sports, writing poetry, public speaking, swimming and traveling. Randy is a diehard, Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns fan. He is married, and has one child.