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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    Chicago mother delivers her own baby in car on way to hospital

    CHICAGO — Some excitement for one couple on the Dan Ryan Monday morning, as a mother delivers her own baby on the way to the hospital. Tenisha Rambert had been watching birthing videos during her pregnancy, but she didn’t know she would need to play doctor to herself and her child. Ten minutes after she and her husband, Marshall, left the house to have their third child, the couple welcomed little Miller. Tenisha delivered him in the front seat of their […]

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    Thousands of workers join ‘Fight for $15’ protests at O’Hare and across Chicago

    CHICAGO —  A nationwide “Day of Disruption” didn’t really disrupt much as the Fight for $15 made its way to O’Hare Airport Tuesday afternoon, where demonstrators and the SEIU say workers need to earn $15 an hour to raise their families. Protests started off early Tuesday morning outside a corporate McDonald’s at Chicago and Damen. About 60 people were arrested after sitting in the middle of the intersection. It wasn’t long before police moved them out and into two waiting buses to get their ticket, […]

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    Chicago area students stage walkout protest against Trump

    CHICAGO — A week after Donald Trump was elected president, the protests continue.  Today it was college students gathering at campuses across the nation, including Chicago, exercising their First Amendment right. A group of protesters began to gather at University of Chicago around 3 p.m. Northwestern students are planning a rally at 8 p.m.. Earlier, at UIC and campuses across the state and country, college students rallied in support of each other.  They are protesting peacefully and say they just […]

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    Early voting in Cook County breaks records

    CHICAGO –    Over 600,000 people have voted in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs over the last two weeks.  That’s a record.  In fact, this election seems to be breaking all kinds of records. Early voting this year has surpassed the last two presidential elections.  Voting by mail is up 88.5%.  With extended early voting and longer hours, the lines have been long around the city. Lines are expected to be long tomorrow as well. On this eve of […]

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    Record number of Chicago voters cast their ballots in early voting

    CHICAGO — Voters are taking advantage of early voting and are turning out in record numbers. So far more than 284,000 people have cast their ballots. That’s more than the general election in 2008 when President Barack Obama was running for his first term in The White House. If you still want to cast your ballot before early voting ends, you have until 7 p.m. tonight.

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    Revolutionary mental health and addiction clinic opens on the South Side

    CHICAGO — For years, activists demanded better mental health and substance abuse services on Chicago’s South Side. Tomorrow, their dream comes true, when a revolutionary facility opens in the Roseland community. The Community Triage Center (CTC) is part of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, which is locally and federally funded.  With continued funding cuts to social service agencies, health officials say a place like the CTC will ease the burden on those who are ill and on the […]

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    A spook-tacular sight when the World Series and Halloween combine in Chicago

    CHICAGO – It’s not a trick but a treat to have the Chicago Cubs still playing baseball on Halloween. Houses on Chicago’s North Side are all decked out with W flags big and small.  Many of the dead and walking dead are sporting Cubby blue. Julie Dingens has one of the best Halloween houses on the street.  And this year for the first time, there are W’s all over it. “It’s actually pretty exciting,” she said. One of the biggest […]

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    Mayor’s police oversight changes go to full City Council vote

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council will vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to revamp the way the city handles officer-involved shootings and police misconduct allegations after it was approved by a joint session of the Committee on Budget and Government Operations and Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday. The ordinance to create the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) will now face a full City Council vote on Wednesday. “These changes are critical to our efforts to restore trust between the Chicago Police Department […]

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    21-year-old shot and killed on South Side

    CHICAGO – A 21-year-old woman was shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side this afternoon. Police say the shooting took place near 106th and South State in the Roseland neighborhood around 2 p.m. Friends identify the victim as Adrianna Mays. Witnesses say the woman had just gotten out of her car which was parked in front of her house.  She had just set her her child in the car seat on the ground, when a car came around the corner […]

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    Markham police shoot and kill man outside nightclub; family speaks out

    MARKHAM, Ill. — A brawl outside a south suburban nightclub ended with one man shot to death by police. State investigators are now trying to determine if that shooting was justified. Donte Jones’ family says they’re hearing so many different reports, mainly on television, about what happened the morning he was killed, but they’re not hearing from police. Jones’ family members said all they want is to talk to the police and see whatever video there is of the 36-year-old being […]