Award-winning journalist Randy McIlwain is the consumer reporter for NBC4 Southern California’s Investigative Team. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.
With more than two decades of journalism experience, McIlwain is known for his enterprise reporting.
His instinctual nature to read people and situations -- coupled with an insatiable curiosity to find answers -- serve him well to secure compelling stories that will protect and inform our viewers.
Prior to joining NBC4, McIlwain was a general assignment reporter for NBC 5/KXAS in Dallas from 2003 to 2014. He covered the slayings of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse, District Attorney Mike McClelland, and his wife, Cynthia McClelland, who were shot by a former Justice of the Peace.
Previously, McIlwain was a senior investigative reporter at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City for six years. There, he was trained to storm track and in 1999 covered the first recorded F5 tornado in the area.
After graduating college, he began his career as a general assignment reporter at WSEE-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, and then was an education reporter for WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. McIlwain’s most memorable interviews were on the campaign trail with former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
Over the course of his career, McIlwain has received numerous broadcast accolades including a Regional Emmy Award for Breaking News, Associated Press and many civic honors for his community involvement. He also was awarded top honors for his investigative piece about the cost of health care in city jails by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
McIlwain grew up in Canton, Ohio. Carrying on a family legacy of civic engagement, he’s an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Urban League, the Rotary International and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is fluent in Portuguese.
He holds a B.A. degree in speech communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has a son.