Marcella Raymand

Marcella joined the WGN News team in October 1998 and is a general assignment reporter for WGN News. She has spent many years reporting and fill-in anchoring for WGN Morning News.

Marcella has interviewed many political powerhouses and movie stars, but her most important interviews are with Chicago’s very own who have incredible stories to tell. Some other notable reports for Marcella were covering the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, the blizzard of 2011, where she reported stories of stranded motorists on Lake Shore Drive, and the circus-like murder trial of Drew Peterson.

Prior to joining the WGN-TV news team, Marcella worked at several news jobs as reporter, producer and editor including WCFC-TV Chicago from 1989 to 1990, WTVO in Rockford, Illinois, from 1990 to 1992, and WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio, from 1992 to 1998.

Marcella was born in the Bronx, New York, but moved to Downers Grove when she was 10-years-old. She grew up watching WGN-TV and is thrilled to be working in her “hometown.” Marcella graduated from Montini High School in Lombard in 1983 and attended Columbia College in Chicago, graduating with honors in 1988.

In the Chicago area, Marcella is very active in several charities including breast cancer awareness, homelessness and senior citizen issues. She also actively volunteers at her high school alma mater. In addition to Marcella’s work for WGN News, she taught a speech class at her alma mater, Columbia College from 1998 to 2001.

Recent Articles
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    Suburban water polo player says she was sexually assaulted during match

    MCHENRY, Ill. — A suburban water polo player says she was sexually assaulted during a high school game last year. Rebecca Dabrowski told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” she made a police report but no charges were filed. In her four years playing co-ed water polo at McHenry West, Becca never complained about a male opponent being inappropriate, until last May during the first round of playoffs. McHenry was playing Libertyville’s boys only team when Becca says she was attacked under […]

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    Chicago police on high alert after Baton Rouge killings

    CHICAGO — In the wake of the Baton Rouge killings, and those that preceded them in Dallas, the Chicago Police Department is doubling up. For the foreseeable future, police officers will patrol in pairs, for safety’s sake. Chicago police released the following statement: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Baton Rouge Police Department and the families of the slain officers. CPD has reached out to offer any support and police resources that could possibly assist. Currently, there is no threat […]

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    ‘They come to help people:’ Retired Chicago officer on tough situations police face every day

    CHICAGO — Recent police-involved shooting deaths have sparked new waves of protest and outrage here in Chicago and around the country. As the protests continue to make headlines, WGN News spoke with a retired police officer about the tough situations officers face every day. As WGN’s Marcella Raymond reports, this is a one-sided story with one officer’s opinion on the tense relations between police and African-Americans.  It’s also a glimpse into the struggles officers deal with every day. Dave Snethen’s […]

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    Trump holds fundraiser in Chicago amid protests

    CHICAGO –Donald Trump brought his campaign for president back to Chicago Tuesday. He collected cash in a private meeting with donors at Trump Tower. A small group of protesters gathered outside the hotel, criticizing the republican candidate for his statements and tweets on immigration, Muslims and other topics. Tuesday’s fundraiser is Trump’s first campaign stop in Chicago since March, when he canceled a speech at UIC because of protests and safety concerns. Ahead of his visit, Trump tweeted about crime in […]

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    Activists call on President Obama to help heal racial tensions

    CHICAGO –Tonight it is clear that words and prayers are not enough to stop the tension and violence between police officers and African Americans across this country.  Activists say they need president Obama to facilitate the healing. All across Chicago today, there were condemnations, prayers and moments of silence for the officers murdered last night in Dallas. “As a country and as a city, we can never accept acts of violence anywhere anytime against anyone for any reason,” said Mayor […]

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    Suspects sought in crime spree that left man dead, two others wounded

    Police are still searching for two men in yesterday’s deadly crime spree that started on the South Side and spread to suburban Summit. The suspects were involved in a crime spree yesterday. Within an hour and a half, they carjacked a man at a gas station on South Chicago Ave.  The man was shot while pumping gas and the suspects stole his silver Pontiac Grand Prix with license plate number l925-050. Five minutes later, they shot a man on his […]

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    CPD making changes to overtime assignments in effort to combat gun violence

    CHICAGO — In an effort the combat gun violence, the Chicago Police Department is making changes to how it stations officers. But the head of the police union says it’s difficult to make progress, because officers feel so disrespected these days. CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson thinks crime will go down if officers who work overtime, which is many of them, work in their regularly assigned districts and not all over the city. “What we’ve done is directed them towards officers working in […]

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    CPD ramping up crisis intervention efforts

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department is working to better service people with mental health conditions. New officers are receiving training every week. The officers are in crisis intervention training, or CIT. It’s 40 hours of classroom instruction on what to do when encountering mentally ill people. It’s all voluntary, and even though the program has been in existence since 2004, CPD is ramping up its efforts to have more officers trained — 300 of them since the first of […]

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    Sen. Durbin makes appeal for new gun laws.

    CHICAGO — Mass shootings always have an impact on the debate over gun control. Democratic Sen Dick Durbin of Illinois is among those trying to tighten the laws. Sen. Durbin held a news conference in Chicago today appealing for new gun laws. Patrick Korellis was alongside Sen Durbin at the press conference. He was in that classroom at Northern Illinois University in February of 2008, when a gunman walked in and started shooting. He was shot in the left arm […]

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    Chicago police investigating fatal shooting captured live on Facebook video

    CHICAGO — 28-year-old Antonio Perkins was hanging out with friends he hadn’t seen in a while Wednesday night in North Lawndale. Two of his three young children joined him to enjoy the warm weather. The sun was just setting around 8:45 p.m. as Tony recorded himself and his friends on Facebook Live. He wasn’t saying much. Then, a sudden blast of gunfire. Tony fell on the grass after two shots. A flurry of up to ten shots followed. He was […]