Marcella Raymond
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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
  • Seminary student charged, accused of soliciting minor for sex

    A 22-year-old student at a Lake County Seminary College has been charged with indecent solicitation of a child. Lake County sheriff’s police arrested Dario Spasic, a seminary student at St. Sava Serbian orthodox monastery in Libertyville. Police say Spasic agreed to meet a 14-year-old boy allegedly for sex. Sheriff’s police say Spasic was using his cell phone and contacting the underage boy through a social media app. They say he thought he was communicating with a teenager but was actually […]

  • Vandals paint cars, homes with racist graffiti on South Side

    Residents in a far South Side neighborhood woke up Sunday morning to find racist graffiti painted on homes and vehicles. Overnight Saturday, someone or several people spray painted racial slurs on cars and houses in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The slurs were painted on several cars, garages, and the side of a home in the mostly African-American neighborhood. WGN counted at least six incidents over several streets in the 10000 and 11000 blocks of Esmond, Hermosa, and Prospect streets in […]

  • Local firefighters stranded by hurricane in Mexico finally back home

    Sixteen Hoffman Estates firefighters and their families, 50 people total, are finally home after a trip to Mexico went terribly wrong. Since Sunday, they had been stranded in Cabo San Lucas after Hurricane Odile hit. Food and water was running out, there was no electricity and looters gaining on their oceanfront resort. They said the Mexican government had come and gone, and they didn’t know who they could trust. They snuck out at 5 a.m. Thursday, careful not to wake other guests […]

  • Bears’ Brandon Marshall talks about his history with domestic violence

    Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall gives his side of the story after he was pulled into the current NFL scandal over domestic violence. Attorney Gloria Allred brought up old allegations against him Wednesday. Marshall is brutally honest about his past and owns the abusive relationship, that occurred on both sides, with his ex Rasheeda Watley. He says he was young and dumb and had no guidance on what a good relationship was, and since then, has used football as […]

  • NFL criticized for handling of Brandon Marshall allegations

    The NFL is under increasing fire for its handling of domestic violence cases, and now: abuse allegations are resurfacing against Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The father of one of Marshall’s ex-girlfriends stepped forward to complain. A teary-eyed Kristeena Spivey says she saw her friend Reesheda Watley’s injuries after being repeatedly beaten by Marshall. Marshall is the latest in a string of NFL players to be accused of domestic violence — although these aren’t new allegations. A 2009 knife incident led to Marshall […]

  • Neighborhood comes to aid of sick man evicted from home

    A mattress, box spring and head board is all that’s left in the alley between Lakewood and Wayne in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  But last Thursday it didn’t look like this. Jermell “Jay” Deshazor’s stuff was all piled up in the alleyway. He had been kicked out of his apartment. “I watched him get evicted. And it was a sad sight to see anyways, but I figured somebody would be here to pick him up. And sure enough by Thursday night, when my husband came […]

  • Police questioning Stevenson High School student after ominous Facebook post

    Police are questioning a Stevenson High School student they believe is responsible for an ominous post on Facebook. The male student, a senior, who wrote the Facebook post has been identified. Police and school officials say they don’t believe the student intended to hurt anybody. But for many Stevenson students and parents who read it, it was scary. In the long Facebook post on the page Stevenson compliments, the student appears sad and disgruntled with his classmates. But it was this […]

  • Firefighters reinstated after American flag controversy, fallout continues

    A group of suburban firefighters who had been relieved of their duties for refusing to remove patriotic flags from their lockers and helmets were reinstated today. Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh had issued a mandate for the removal of the images but Wednesday he said, “After review, I made a decision to put department issued flags on every locker and in every locker room.” Even so, tonight union reps will ask for the chief’s resignation. They’ve also filed charges with […]

  • Suburban firefighters told to remove flags from lockers, helmets

    Some firefighters at a west suburban fire department have been relieved of their duties, for refusing to remove patriotic flags from their lockers and helmets. Maywood Fire Chief Craig Bronaugh says there’s a culture of racism in the department and issued memo saying all decals and stickers, including American flags and military stickers, be removed from lockers and helmets.  He shows a picture of a monkey smoking a cigarette that was taped on a locker, to prove it. “As a […]

  • Vigil to be held for 4 children killed in house fire

    Four children were killed in a house fire on Chicago South Side Monday morning. The four siblings were trapped and died in the bedroom of their apartment. Two were found huddled in a closet that had no door. Two were found on a bed – an older sibling on top of the younger one as if there for protection. The 911 call came in about 3:40 a.m. but fire officials tell WGN the fire may have been smoldering even longer […]

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