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
  • Woman removed from flight after reportedly stabbing passenger with pen

    CHICAGO — A plane departing from Chicago’s Midway Airport Thursday was forced to return to the gate after an altercation between two passengers. As the plane was taxing on the runway, passengers say a woman jabbed a pen into the arm of the man next to either stop him from snoring or to move his hand that was touching her arm. Initial reports via Twitter from a fellow passenger referred to the incident as the woman “stabbing” the man in […]

  • Driver killed when vehicle crashes into paramedic’s home

    CHICAGO — A man was killed this afternoon when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a home. Police say the crash happened around 12:20 p.m. in the 12000 block of S. Muskegon. WGN has learned the driver was 34. The WGN reporter on the scene has also learned that a paramedic lives in the house and was home at the time at the crash.  That paramedic initiated CPR on the driver but was not able to save him. The driver was […]

  • Volunteers waste no time helping tornado-ravaged communities

    FAIRDALE, Ill — The response from volunteers was swift and total Friday after storms and tornadoes blew through Fairdale Thursday night. Groups were out in field cleaning up tree limbs and storm debris. Volunteers also donated food, water and clothing at the Kirkland Fire Dept which became a kind of ground zero for those who needed help. Fairdale resident Jerry Lawton came to get food for his two dogs. “My house pretty much survived,” he said. “My neighbors’ didn’t” The […]

  • Rahm Emanuel elected to second term as Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is re-elected to a second term, defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the city’s first ever mayoral runoff. With 98 percent of the city`s precincts reporting, Emanuel earned 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Garcia. With handshakes, hugs and selfies, the Mayor was out this morning to thank voters and talk to reporters at the CTA Red Line 95th Street station. He said he feels reinvigorated by by his reelection, […]

  • 80 mistreated dogs rescued from puppy mill near Kankakee

    KANKAKEE, Ill. — It was called Operation Spring Break, but it was not a fun trip. Eighty neglected dogs and puppies were rescued from a puppy mill in St. Anne, Ill., near Kankakee. At times there were three to four dogs in a small cage – many of those and others mistreated. They were small breeds: Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Yorkies. Most had skin conditions from sitting in their own urine and feces. That also caused urine burns, eye issues and […]

  • Cubs, rooftop owners in pivotal courtroom battle

    CHICAGO — The Cubs and the owners of two rooftop businesses faced off in federal court Monday, in a dispute over the renovation of Wrigley Field. Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club are trying to stop the Cubs from installing a new videoboard and signs above right field that could block their views. The Cubs plan to have the new signage up by opening day on April 5. Both sides made their opening arguments today. They were in court […]

  • Hundreds volunteer for on-site prostate cancer tests at Sweet Holy Spirit

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of men volunteered for an on-site prostate cancer test today at the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago. Doctors performed blood tests at worship services. A network of physicians was involved in treating the parish’s Bishop Larry Trotter’s bout with the disease two years ago. Early detection is credited with a good prognosis for the bishop — and that was the point of today’s screenings, along with educating church members about the importance of regular checkups. For […]

  • JRW visits churches in new effort to get Little League title back

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West’s team passed around a petition Sunday at area churches in hopes they could help them get their title back. Jackie Robinson West believes churches have the impact to change a decision like the one that stripped the team of its title. In February they were penalized because some of the players lived outside the team’s boundaries. On Sunday morning several of the players and their parents visited area churches to ask them to sign a petition […]

  • Chicago City Council passes Obama library ordinance

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s bid to land the Obama presidential library got a big boost today in the city council. President Obama has said he wants the library bearing his name to go to Chicago.  Today, the city council took one more step in ensuring it will come here. It was a unanimous vote to transfer 21 acres of park district land to either Washington Park on the South Side or Jackson Park on the West.  Washington Park seems to be […]

  • Nurse suspended after 3 suspicious deaths at nursing home

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill.  — A nurse has been suspended following three suspicious deaths at an area nursing home. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has determined one of those deaths was a homicide. Police are now investigating whether the other two deaths were caused by a lethal dose of pain killers. 98-year-old Dorothy Byrd died the day after six residents of Holland Home were hospitalized Feb. 3 for unknown causes. Two other residents among those six who were hospitalized died earlier […]


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