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.

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    Police Superintendent outlines strategies for stopping violence in Chicago

    After a particularly violent start of the summer, with 69 shootings, six of them homicides, new Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson highlighted strategies for stemming the carnage today at the City Club. Johnson said he’s trying to build trust and transparency, not only between CPD and the community, but within the police department itself.  He wants cops to know he also has their backs. “People want to be heard, validated and respected, that’s a big part of CPD moving forward,” […]

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    Roadways, airways busy this holiday weekend

    A record number of people are hitting the road this Memorial Day Weekend. AAA puts the number at  38 million, the most since 2005. Expect the airports to be busy too, but the TSA says it’s added more staffers to help reduce wait times going through security. The TSA says those four hour wait times travelers were seeing at the beginning of the month just to get through security are down to 42 minutes at O’Hare and 44 at Midway. […]

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    CPD detail anti-violence strategies for holiday weekend

    CHICAGO —   City and state police are partnering to make sure crime stays down this Memorial Day weekend. They want people in the city and suburbs to enjoy the holiday and not be a victim. As people get ready to celebrate the first holiday of the summer, state and Chicago police say they will not tolerate criminal activity. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says thousands of officers will be out keeping the peace.   With temperatures expected to soar into […]

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    FBI, ATF investigating explosive incident at Northfield home

    NORTHFIELD, Ill. – An explosion shattered windows and damaged rooms in a home in the northern suburbs early Wednesday morning. No one was injured but the identity of the person who placed the device remains unknown. The owner of the Northfield home says he’s not going to let someone intimidate him.  But he doesn’t want his identity revealed. He believes someone was targeting him or his family. Someone put the explosive device outside the guest room window of the home in […]

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    Amid gun violence, West Side residents wary of summer in the park

    CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants everyone to enjoy Chicago’s parks this summer, but some residents say they’re afraid to use them — especially Lafollette Park in the Austin neighborhood. Amid much pomp and circumstance, Mayor Emanuel announced the fourth annual Night Out in the Parks program at Lafollette Park on the West Side. There will be 1,200 free events across the city during the summer, including five on the West Side. Since the beginning of the year there have […]

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    No bail for mother in stabbing death of 15-year-old girl

    CHICAGO — A mother has been held without bail in the stabbing death of a high school honor student. Authorities say Tamika Gayden gave a knife to her 13-year old daughter which was used to stab 15-year-old De’Kayla Dansberry during a fight. It happened Saturday night in the Parkway Gardens housing complex at 65th and King Drive. Prosecutors say they have video of the stabbing and a witness who says the girl cleaned blood from the knife while repeating the […]

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    Will vacation rental industry be regulated in Chicago?

    CHICAGO – Will the vacation rental industry in Chicago be regulated?  That question was front and center during a hearing today. Enforcement was the biggest concern for many aldermen at today’s meeting.  But Mayor Emanuel says that will come later and is interested in getting an ordinance passed first. The crowds that came in support of home sharing were so large, the committee hearing had to be moved to council chambers and started two hours late. It’s a battle between […]

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    Prom King featured in series ‘Chicagoland’ shot and killed

    CHICAGO — A young man featured in the series “Chicagoland“ was shot and killed on the far South Side overnight. 22-year-old Lee McCullum  was shot in the head in the 500 block of West 126th street. When former Fenger High School principal Liz Dozier got the  phone call this morning, she didn’t understand.    Her former student was dead. Dozier, a mentor to McCullum, tweeted his picture and said: Lee was was shot and killed this morning. Pure madness. Who […]

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    Ex-Blaine principal Troy LaRaviere discusses dismissal from Blaine Elementary

    CHICAGO — The outspoken former principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is speaking out. On Wednesday, Troy LaRaviere had a private closed door hearing regarding his employment status. He was suddenly removed from his position last month and re-assigned to his home. LaRaviere is accused of ethics violations. He says it’s because he appeared in a political ad with Jesus Chuy Garcia when he ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. LaRaviere also wrote a blog accusing the mayor, […]

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    NW Side community on edge after teen girl sexually assaulted

    CHICAGO – A Northwest Side neighborhood is on edge tonight after a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in broad daylight near an elementary school. The attack happened Thursday in the city’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. The teen was walking in the 5500 block of Balmoral Avenue when she was approached from behind by a man who put his hand over her mouth and forced her to the alley. He touched her breasts and genital area. As of early this afternoon, the […]


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