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
  • Burglars crash car into Magnificent Mile Louis Vuitton, steal purses

    CHICAGO — Burglars smashed their way into a high-end store on the Magnificent Mile on Sunday. It happened shortly after midnight at the Louis Vuitton store in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police say five men used a BMW to ram their way into the store. They quickly got out of the vehicle and grabbed merchandise. When they tried to back the vehicle out of the store, their car hit an Uber filled with passengers. Police say the […]

  • Neighbor charged in murder of Schaumburg woman

      SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The neighbor of a suburban woman who was found sexually assaulted and strangled in her apartment has been charged with her murder. 29-year-old Bulmaro Mejia-Maya has arrests in several states including Florida where he was charged Thursday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  He has ties in Florida  and just days after the murder, that’s where police found him. Mejia-Maya appeared in court today in Jacksonville, Florida. He wore headphones for translation and shackles around his […]

  • EPA chief tours toxic East Chicago site

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is in the Chicago area Wednesday to look at a public housing complex with dangerous toxins in its soil. Scott Pruitt is touring a housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana where 1,000 people have been ordered to evacuate because of lead and arsenic in the ground. Residents and environmentalists are calling for more support and testing. They are worried Pruitt won’t do enough to eradicate the problem because he […]

  • Blagojevich lawyers argue for reduced sentence

    Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich were back in federal court Tuesday, trying to get his 14-year sentence reduced. Blagojevich’s attorneys told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Judge James Zagel failed to take into account Blagojevich’s good prison record when he re-sentenced him after five of his corruption conviction counts were dropped. Lawyers also argued Blagojevich did not commit extortion, a crime for which he was convicted. Prosecutors say that the inmates letters and recommendations were […]

  • 2 additional aviation officers placed on leave in United passenger controversy

    CHICAGO — Fallout continues from the violent removal of a passenger from a United flight earlier this week. Two additional Chicago Dept of Aviation officers have been placed on leave. The Chicago Dept of Aviation released a statement saying: The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) continues reviewing the details surrounding the incident. As part of our review, two additional officers have been placed on administrative leave until further notice. The employees ‘ collective bargaining agreement prohibits the CDA from releasing […]

  • Illinois lawmakers push to legalize recreational marijuana

    Legal recreational marijuana will be part of Illinois’ future. It’s a matter of when, not if. That’s the message from lawmakers backing legislation to fully legalize and regulate pot, and the coalition of groups lining up to support the bills. State Senator Heather Steans and Representative Kelly Cassidy, both Chicago Democrats, were joined by members of the Coalition for a Safer Illinois this morning at the Thompson Center in the Loop. They gave reporters details on the General Assembly’s first […]

  • Cubs players are out and about the city, surprising and thanking fans

    The Cubs are off today after winning their home opener Monday night, but several Cubs players have events today around the city to thank fans. Anthony Rizzo is at O’Hare International airport Tuesday surprising fans who touched down on an American Airlines flight from Dallas. Rizzo boarded the flight before the passengers got off and afterwards joined Willson Contreras and Mike Montgomery posed with fans at the terminal for pictures. At River Point, Red Bull has teamed up with Kris […]

  • Lawmakers’ finger-pointing preventing officer’s widow from collecting much needed funding

    There are many children and widows in Illinois being held hostage by  lawmakers after their police or firefighter husbands made the ultimate sacrifice. One such hero is McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Maness.  19 months after his death, his widow is fighting to stay financially above water while Gov. Rauner and Mike Madigan dangled a balanced budget over her head. To all who knew him,  Dwight was  an incredible guy.  He always had a smile on his face, loved to […]

  • Pope Francis addresses Chicago violence in letter to city, cardinal

    CHICAGO — Pope Francis wrote a letter to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, conveying his thoughts and prayers to the people of the city and those who have suffered loss in the face of violence. In the letter, the pope assured Cardinal Cupich his support for what the cardinal and other local community leaders are doing to promote nonviolence as a way of life in the city. The pope also expresses concern over discrimination and the “otherizing” of […]

  • Pre-schooler honored by officers for saving mother’s life

    CHICAGO — A Chicago mother is alive today thanks to her quick thinking, young daughter. 4-year-old Aria Koval got an honorary police hat and badge Wednesday afternoon and helped inspect the 16th District officers during afternoon roll call. Aria was honored for her bravery when her mother was having an asthma attack and passed out on March 10.  Aria had been taught to call 911.  Her quick thinking may have saved her mother’s life. “She saved my life. She’s my […]