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
  • Survivor of suburban bonfire explosion speaks out: ‘He was just screaming that he was dead’

    LOMBARD, Ill. — It’s been nearly three weeks since eight teens were burned at a weekend bonfire in Lombard. Four of them suffered severe burns and had to be hospitalized. Two remain at the hospital. Alyssa Wolff, 15,  is many things: A varsity cheerleader, a friend, a school leader and now, three weeks after the accident, she’s also a motivator, hero and fighter. “It was just like a huge explosion and the first instinct was to help my friends,” she […]

  • 19-year-old charged after opening fire at Dixon High School

    DIXON, Ill. — An armed student who was shot at Dixon High School on Wednesday after exchanging gunfire with an officer has been charged. Matthew Milby, 19, is now facing three felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, according to Illinois State Police. He is being held on a $2 million bail and is being treated for his injuries. More charges may be possible. It all started about 8 a.m. Wednesday inside the school at 300 Lincoln Statue Drive. Authorities […]

  • Lombard community raises $35K for bonfire burn victims

    LOMBARD, Ill. — An accident that sent a number of west suburban teenagers to the hospital with serious burn injuries has become a rallying point for the community of Lombard. On Saturday, students and teachers helped raise more than $35,000 in just four hours to help the victims pay for their medical bills. It was prom night at Glenbard East High School–a night when many were reflecting on how life can change in an instant. Two weeks ago, several young […]

  • 2 Chicago officers charged with stealing drugs, cash

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers have been charged with lying to judges to obtain search warrants and then stealing cash and drugs from the properties they searched, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. According to a federal indictment, Xavier Elizondo and David Salgado have been charged with federal counts of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit theft. Salgado is also charged with making false statements to the FBI. Prosecutors contend that the 45-year-old Elizondo and the 37-year-old Salgado were working as gang […]

  • CPD: More than 100 ‘high-powered assault rifles’ removed from Chicago streets

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department announced today that they have seized more than 100 high-powered rifles so far this year. During a news conference Thursday morning, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the repeat gun offenders bill that went into effect this January has helped. Johnson also said he’s asking state lawmakers to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a comprehensive gun dealer licensing bill. The Chicago Police Department will host another gun buyback program on June 2nd, at New Life Covenant […]

  • Former substitute teacher charged with attempted murder employed at Cicero school

    CICERO, Ill. — A man from Tinley Park who was charged with attempted murder last summer was working as a substitute teacher at a school in Cicero. Six months after Andres Rodriguez, 39, got his teaching job in Cicero, school officials say they found out the charges and placed him on administrative leave. Last August,  Rodriguez was hired as a substitute teacher and after school detention monitor at Unity Junior High with the promise of a full time job in […]

  • More lead contamination found in NW Indiana soil

    NORTHWEST INDIANA –The Environmental Protection Agency has discovered more lead contamination in northwestern Indiana. Soil samples collected since October have revealed more than two dozen contaminated yards in Hammond and Whiting, The Chicago Tribune reported . Tests found 25 yards with soil lead levels exceeding the federal cleanup standard of 400 parts per million. One home’s soil tested as high as 2,760 parts per million of lead. The EPA has set aside $1.7 million in taxpayer funds to remove contaminated soil around […]

  • Suburban cheer coach under investigation for sexual misconduct with students

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — The head varsity cheerleading coach at Maine West High School has been placed on administrative leave amid sexual harassment allegations. The coach is accused of sending “disturbing messages” to students, according to complaints lodged through the school district’s website, officials said. The initial complaint was filed April 15. One former Maine West cheerleader and student told WGN News the coach sent her explicit texts and Snapchat messages saying he wanted to have sex with her. The […]

  • Lombard community comes together for teen bonfire burn victims

    LOMBARD, Ill. — The suburban community where a dozen teens were injured in a bonfire accident is coming together in support of the victims. Five of the teens who were severely burned are still in the hospital and have long recoveries ahead of them. But they have a lot of support from a community that promises to be there every step of the way. Besides preparing meals and contributing to GoFundMe accounts, red ribbons are being tied to trees as […]

  • 3 CTA workers injured in transformer fire

    CHICAGO – Three CTA workers were injured, two critically, Tuesday after a transformer blew at a substation. The ComEd substation is located at 10 East Lake Street feeds electricity to the CTA. The workers were doing maintenance there when a transformer blew creating something called an arc blast. It’s was explained as similar to a lightning bolt coming out of the transformer causing a flash fire. CTA service was not disrupted. OSHA is expected to examine the scene to ensure […]