Marcella Raymand
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Marcella joined the WGN News team in October 1998 reporting and anchoring on the WGN Morning News for the next 12 years. Marcella has interviewed political powerhouses, like Mayor Richard Daley, and movie stars, like Morgan Freeman, but her most important interviews are with Chicago’s very own who have incredible stories to tell. Those are the stories that viewers remember, the stories they can relate to, the stories that move them. 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 WCFC-TV Chicago from 1989 to 1990, where she was nominated for an Emmy working as a reporter, producer and editor. From 1990 to 1992, she worked at WTVO in Rockford, Illinois as a weekend anchor, reporter and producer. In 1992, she moved to Dayton, Ohio and worked at WDTN-TV as a morning anchor and reporter until 1998. While in Dayton, Marcella spent her time working on the volunteer committee for the Ronald McDonald House.

Marcella was born in the Bronx, New York but moved to Downers Grove when she was 10-years-old. While she visits relatives in New York often, Marcella considers Chicago home. 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 addition to Marcella’s work for WGN News, she taught a speech class at her alma mater, Columbia College from 1998 to 2001. 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.

Recent Articles
  • Protesters rally for increase in minimum wage

    OAK BROOK, Ill. —   Protesters rallied outside McDonald’s Oak Brook headquarters today and pushed for a $15 dollar minimum wage for fast food workers. They came from all over the country to fight for the raise the wage $7 to $8 dollar more than many of their city’s minimum wages. McDonald’s is a company in dire need of help.  Its sales have declined for six straight quarters.  It’s shutting 700 stores worldwide and making healthy changes to its menu to […]

  • Workers chase down alleged attacker in Lakeview

    CHICAGO — It was just before 10 p.m. Monday night when prosecutors say Jaleel Johnson followed a 21-year-old woman into the vestibule of her building in the 3100 block of Southport. He allegedly grabbed her, pushed her to the ground and took off with her purse. What 19-year-old Jaleel Johnson allegedly failed to take into account was the three People’s Gas workers nearby.  They were working on a broken gas line. The men heard the woman’s screams and took them […]

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    ‘King of the Blues’ B.B. King dead at age 89

    The legendary “King of the Blues,” B.B. King, is dead at age 89. King brought the blues into America’s musical mainstream with his 1969 hit “The Thrill Is Gone;” and dozens of top blues performers call him one of their greatest influences. Born Riley King in Mississippi in 1925, King adopted the nickname B.B., for “Beale Street Blues Boy.” He performed his unique guitar solos on a Gibson guitar he named Lucille, after a woman who sparked a fight at […]

  • Gift of life celebrated one year after teen’s tragic death

    CHICAGO — One year after a teen’s tragic and sudden death, three recipients of his organs are celebrating the gift of life. 16-year-old Jermaine Cullum was playing basketball on May 6 of last year when he collapsed on the court and died.  Tarcia Patton and Jermaine Cullum Senior’s tragedy turned into a beautiful story of love and hope. Thursday, Tarcia and Jermaine met the people their son’s organs saved. 39-year-old Tariq Causay’s kidneys and pancreas were failing.  He was diagnosed […]

  • Volunteers searching for missing Crown Point father

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — A search is underway for a father from Crown Point who’s been missing for nearly a week. Friends, family, police, and fire are looking for 23-year old Michael Hernandez. They gathered at the Lake County Fairgrounds to start their search, were given maps, and then fanned out in-and-around Crown Point. A group of 150 volunteers began their search in Roselawn, in Jasper County Indiana, where a ping on Hernandez’s cell phone was detected last Friday.  Then […]

  • Timothy Herring Jr. found guilty of slaying 2 men, including Chicago Police officer

    CHICAGO — A jury Wednesday found a 24-year-old man guilty of murder in the killings of a Chicago Police officer and a former Chicago Housing Authority officer. Timothy Herring Jr. was accused of gunning down Chicago Police officer Michael Flisk and former Chicago Housing Authority officer Stephen Peters in 2010. Prosecutors said Herring burglarized Peters’ car in the South Shore neighborhood, and Flisk was investigating the crime. Two of Herring’s cousins testified he admitted to killing the victims. But his public defender […]

  • Mother’s Facebook post stirs controversy after breastfeeding incident

    WILMINGTON, Ill. — John Mathias wishes he could go back to Sunday and do things differently — then maybe this misunderstanding would not have happened. On Sunday Kristal Snow Tomko went to Big Fish Grille in Wilmington, Ill., with her family. Her 6-month-old son was hungry, so she began breastfeeding him. She did not put a blanket over him, which the owner said made other diners uncomfortable. Mathias said she could use a private dining room if she’d like. Instead, […]

  • 12-year-old shot on his way to get a haircut

    CHICAGO — A boy is recovering from gunshot wounds after he was shot on the way to get a haircut. 12-year-old Dontrel Jones was dropped off at his Austin neighborhood barber shop in the 5900 block of West North Avenue Wednesday night around 6:15. When he got out of the car, Dontrell heard shots and ran back to the car.  At first he didn’t realize he had been shot.   His aunt drove him to West Suburban Hospital and he was […]

  • Police investigate report of locker room assault at Catholic high school

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are part of an investigation into a bullying incident that allegedly took place among members of a high school baseball team in March. Several players on the St. Francis de Sales baseball team were suspended earlier this week and the entire team will attend a class on bullying in the wake of the incident. On Tuesday, Gerald Stewart’s son came home with a letter saying he was suspended for two days after seeing something that happened […]

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    Death of teen shot by Zion officer ruled a homicide; Community calls for peace

    ZION, Ill. –The death of a teen shot twice in the back by a Zion, Ill. police officer has been ruled a homicide. As the family and friends of 17-year-old Justus Howell watch the events unfold in Baltimore, they vow to remain peaceful on the day the Lake County coroner released the findings of a toxicology report. Howell was shot in the back by a Zion police officer on April 4th. He had smoked pot a few hours before the shooting. […]


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