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
  • Police investigating attempted kidnapping near suburban elementary

    HARVEY, Ill. — Harvey police have increased patrols after an attempted two kidnappings were reported near an elementary school. Parents of students at Bryant Elementary’s summer school program received a robo-call alerting them to an attempted kidnapping earlier this week. The message only mentioned the Tuesday incident when a 10-year-old boy was walking to school at about 7:15 a.m. was allegedly chased by a man in a black hooded sweatshirt carrying a gun. The boy told police the man tripped and […]

  • Girl, 17, among those killed over violent Father’s Day weekend in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A 17-year-old girl was among those who were fatally shot over the violent Father’s Day weekend in Chicago. Tiara Viramontes died of a gunshot wound to the head, the Cook County Medical Examiner confirms. According to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for funeral expenses, Tiara was a Marine Leadership Academy Student, and played basketball and softball. “Tiara was very full of life and if you ever met her you wouldn’t forget her,” the page said. Tiara […]

  • Trump unveils new restrictions on travel, business with Cuba

    MIAMI — President Donald Trump slammed former President Barack Obama’s dealings with the communist regime in Cuba on Friday in Miami, charting his own course of more confrontational relations with the Castro-led government. The speech, which came as the President signed a directive outlining his posture toward Cuba, is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to chip away at Obama’s legacy. Obama spent the last two years of his presidency looking to warm relations with Cuba, including a trip […]

  • Cook County businesses warn customers about upcoming beverage tax

    CHICAGO — Signs are up at stores across Cook County warning shoppers about the new beverage tax set to take effect at the start of next month. Businesses say they’ll be hurt by the tax through loss of sales. The refrigerators at the Jackpot Minimart, 535 West 111th Street, are lined with signs warning customers that, come July 1, they’ll be paying more for that soda, juice, sports drink, or flavored water — any drink that’s ready to go. The […]

  • CPD police station on South Side gets high-tech help to fight crime

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say the new technology, combined with more than 1000 officers on the street each day,  made this Memorial Day a bit safer than last. Chicago police say all hands were on deck this holiday weekend and that the strategic decision support center, now in three districts, helped keep crime down. The “Shots Fired “ technology works in real time before anyone even calls 911.  So within seconds of a gunshot being detected alerts are sent to […]

  • Chicago-area Memorial Day ceremonies honor the fallen

    Memorial Day started solemnly in St. Charles with a gun salute and a boy scout troop raising the flag outside Baker Community Center, which serves as a living memorial to veterans. After the ceremony, local Boy Scouts went to Saint Charles Cemetery to place flags by the graves of fallen heroes. Many suburbs held their Memorial Day celebrations on Monday, since the City of Chicago held its ceremonies over the weekend. In Arlington Heights, during one of the area’s largest suburban Memorial Day parades a […]

  • South Side neighborhood holds first Memorial Day parade

    CHICAGO — A new tradition was born this morning on the South Side. Residents in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood held their very first Memorial Day parade. The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at St. Leo`s Residence for Veterans. It continued through the 17th Ward to 79th Street then west to Halsted, north to 76th Street and east to St. Leo`s Veterans Garden.

  • Man charged in fraud scheme appears in court

    CHICAGO —  A local contractor accused of stealing millions of dollars from elderly Chicagoans faced a judge Thursday. Mark Diamond is accused of making more than 10 million dollars in a reverse mortgage and home repair scheme that targeted the elderly.  There are 122 alleged victims. They are all African American, most are women and most are in their 80s.  Some of the victims are now deceased. Federal prosecutors say Diamond ignored a previous judge’s  court order and continued to […]

  • Chicago could change who can remove passengers from planes following United incident

    CHICAGO —   A new ordinance could ban all city employees, including aviation police, from boarding an airplane, unless in a criminal matter or medical emergency. The proposed changes come after a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight last month. The viral video shows police with the Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off a United Express flight, because he refused to give up his seat for an airline employee. The flight to Louisville, Ky., was overbooked, […]

  • Sure sign of summer! Riverwalk set to officially open Saturday

    CHICAGO — One of the first signs of summer is about to open: The Chicago Riverwalk. The official grand opening is this Saturday and for Chicagoans and visitors alike, the Riverwalk offers fun for everyone. For a little over a mile, you can run or stroll uninterrupted along the South Side of the Chicago River.  And along the way, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Riverwalk  from Lake Street to Lake Shore Drive. The Riverwalk is for pedestrians […]