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
  • Rauner calls lawmakers to Springfield for school-funding special session

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring. The Republican ordered the House of Representatives and Senate to report to Springfield Wednesday. This was after the Senate missed a noon deadline to send him a school-finance plan legislators approved in May. Starting in a month, more than two million children in 852 school districts across the state are scheduled to return […]

  • Man fatally shot in Pace van on South Side

    CHICAGO — A man was shot to death in a Pace van in what appears to be an armed robbery on the city’s South Side. The incident happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Norman White, 50, was at a Citgo station at 83rd and Stony Island, speaking to the female driver of the Pace paratransit van, when another man confronted him and demanded his cellphone. The victim was pushed into the Pace van at gunpoint, and shot several times. The shooter ran […]

  • Family of off duty officer killed in crash seeks answers

    CHICAGO — The family of an off duty Chicago police officer killed in a crash is seeking answers in the mystery surrounding the events of yesterday morning. Officer Taylor Clark’s family is finding it difficult to wrap their heads around the crash that killed the officer and a woman in another car. To  his cousin Blaze Taylor, and so many others, 32-year-old Taylor Clark was a man whose passion was kids and making their lives better.  Clark was proud to be […]

  • 2 killed, including off-duty officer, in police chase

    CHICAGO — Authorities  off-duty police officer and a woman were killed in an overnight crash. Police officers were trying to pull over the off-duty officer just seconds before he slammed into another car. The identity of the officer has not yet been released but bunting is up and flags are lowered at the 10th District where the officer worked. No one knows why the Chicago police officer who had left work an hour earlier at the 10th District would not […]

  • ATF van deployed in Chicago to help police fight gun violence

    CHICAGO — A van used to solve gun crimes faster is on loan to Chicago through the ATF. It’s only here for another three weeks, unless the Mayor and Police Superintendent can convince the Department of Justice that it’s needed longer. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made the announcement Monday at the 9th District police station, 3120 South Halsted Street. When there’s a shooting, Chicago police call the ATF for the National […]

  • 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 […]