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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    Local group heads to Washington to protest

    CHICAGO — As inauguration festivities get underway, protesters are making their way to the nation’s capital.  This afternoon a group gathered in downtown Chicago to board buses and travel all night to Washington D.C. The trip was organized by John Beacham, an English teacher at DePaul University for students and anyone else wanting to protest Donald Trump’s presidency. The group will be protesting outside the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Once the inauguration is over, they’ll board the buses and head […]

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    Chicagoans honor MLK with day of service

    CHICAGO — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘what are you doing for others?’” With sleeves rolled up and paint brushes in hand, hundreds of students and adults volunteered to makeover Curie High School on the Southwest Side. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, painted a quote by Margaret Mead on the wall of a classroom while employees of Groupon helped. New U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) did some manual labor as […]

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    Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing underway; protesters in KKK garb removed

    WASHINGTON  — Sen. Jeff Sessions confronted one of the biggest criticisms surrounding his nomination to become the next attorney general, insisting he’s not a racist. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sessions diverged from his prepared remarks to address “head on” the very allegations that helped sink his nomination for a judgeship in 1986. “I abhor the Klan and its hateful ideology,” Sessions said. “I never declared the NAACP was un-American.” Sessions’ comments came during the first of several […]

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    Chicago students to attend President-elect Trump’s inauguration

    CHICAGO — Students from Alcott College Prep East Campus will be in Washington, D.C. next week for President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The trip has been in the works since long before the November election and the teacher leading the group says it will be a “teachable moment” in more ways than one. Forty-one seventh and eighth grade students are going to the nation’s capital to watch Trump be sworn in as our 45th president. Students have been studying the constitution and […]

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    Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar says he’s running for governor of Illinois

    CHICAGO — North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar is tossing his hat into the 2018 campaign for governor. He made the announcement in a post on social media Tuesday. Pawar, who has represented the 47th Ward since 2011, calls Gov. Bruce Rauner “The Original Trump.” He says government isn’t supposed to be only for the rich, and he criticized Rauner’s recent $50 million contribution to his own campaign fund. His own fund would pale in comparison to possible democratic rivals JB Prizker and Chris Kennedy.

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    Man killed by off-duty officer had called police on him before, family says

    CHICAGO — Family members say a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Chicago cop during a confrontation Monday morning was his neighbor and had called police after the officer had pointed his gun at him in the past. According to police, around 9 a.m. Monday an off-duty Chicago transit officer got into an altercation with 38-year-old Jose Nieves in the Kelvyn Park neighborhood, and shot and killed him. Family members say Nieves was unarmed at the time. Jose Nieves’ sister, Angelica […]

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    Group traveling with Chicago filmmaker killed in Uganda returning home

    CHICAGO — Students who were traveling with a Chicago filmmaker when he was killed in Africa returned home Wednesday afternoon. Filmmaker David Steiner, 51, was killed in a bus crash in Uganda on Christmas Eve. He was traveling with his son, two 8th grade students from an Englewood charter school, another filmmaker and several African children. Steiner was making a documentary called “Love in the Time of Deportation.”  He was following two refugee Sudanese boys, after they were part of a […]

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    Activist, filmmaker David Steiner killed during bus crash in Uganda

    UGANDA — David Steiner died in a bus crash in Uganda yesterday working for a cause he strongly believed in. To those who knew him, Steiner was a fierce social activist. He fought hard for those who had a hard time fighting for themselves. He took on the world with a sense of commitment and, with his shock of gray hair and broad smile, a laugh that was contagious. “Laughing was a really important part of our life. And he looked […]

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    Chicago mayor releases 1000s of emails from private accounts

    CHICAGO  — The city of Chicago has released thousands of email messages from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal accounts as part of a legal settlement with a government watchdog organization. Emanuel’s office said in a statement Wednesday it’s making public any messages pertaining to city business that were sent to and from Emanuel. The messages date to 2011. The release follows more than a year of wrangling between the Better Government Association and City Hall, which argued the messages didn’t have […]

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    Families receive toys, clothing, gifts at emotional Christmas gathering in Englewood

    CHICAGO – 13 families in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood will have a merrier Christmas thanks for the program Christmas in the Wards. For 20 years Christmas in the Wards has spread holiday cheer. The families were able to play Santa for their families and shop through the Pullman Wal-Mart. It was an emotional day for several of the families including Marisol Perez.  Like every other parent, she wants her children to have presents to open on Christmas Day.  She spoke today […]