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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    Democratic, Republican commentators take Trump to task over media comments

    CHICAGO– There was packed house at a political forum Friday on the campus of the University of Chicago, moderated by Democratic strategist David Axelrod. Both the GOP and the Democratic speakers came down hard on President Trump for his repeated attacks on the media. Students and faculty packed into the International House Assembly Hall to hear Democratic analyst Van Jones and GOP Commentator S.E. Cupp voice concerns and answer questions about Donald Trump’s most recent criticism of the press at the […]

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    Chicago police discuss overnight raids, 81 arrested

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police made 81 arrests in overnight raids in a second of a series of operations. There were 122 targets in this planned operation, Supt. Eddie Johnson and Chief Tony Riccio said at a press conference on Friday. They continue to locate and arrest about 40 others. There will be more raids in the coming weeks. 12 guns were pulled off the streets last night. One of the guns was a machine gun, capable of firing 40 […]

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    President Trump takes on Chicago violence, the media in wide-ranging press conference

    WASHINGTON — President Trump spoke with reporters for more than hour during a contentious press conference Thursday, announcing his new Labor Secretary nominee, Alexander Acosta, before covering topics from Russia to how to fix problems in the country’s cities. Here are some of the topics he covered: Violence in Chicago President Trump said there are “two Chicagos”: “One Chicago that is incredible, luxurious and safe. There is another Chicago that is worse than almost any of the places in the […]

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    11-year-old taken off life support after weekend shooting

    CHICAGO —  A rally was held tonight to end the senseless violence that left the family of one little girl grieving and the family of the other still praying for a miracle. 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was taken off life support and died in her mother’s arms this morning. Community activist Andrew Holmes is Takiya’s cousin and  despite his grief, Holmes is working tirelessly  to find the person who recklessly shot into the night last Saturday.  A bullet hit Takiya in […]

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    Young girls remain on life support after separate weekend shootings

    CHICAGO — Two young girls were shot in Chicago over the weekend leaving one family praying for a miracle and the other preparing their goodbyes. 11-year-old  Takiya Holmes has no brain activity after being shot in the head Saturday night at 65th and King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood. As family, friends and classmates prepare to say their goodbyes, activist Andrew Holmes, Takiya’s cousin, is begging for someone to turn in the shooter. Also on Saturday, just four miles […]

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    2 girls on life support after weekend shootings in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Five people were killed, and at least 19 others injured in shootings in Chicago over the weekend. Two girls — ages 11 and 12 — were among those injured and are on life support. One girl was shot in West Englewood around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers was playing basketball on the playground at Henderson Elementary School when she was shot in the neck.The bullet severed her spinal cord. Thirty minutes later, 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was sitting in […]

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    Northwestern investigating possible ‘date rape drugs’, sexual assaults at frat house

    EVANSTON,Ill. – Northwestern University has issued a security alert after several women claimed they were given a date rape drug at a fraternity house and then assaulted. Northwestern is investigating, saying in a statement the alleged incidents go against the university’s values and are “grossly unacceptable.” Northwestern says it is fully prepared to “take appropriate action” if necessary. There are two alleged incidents involving five female students. On Jan. 21, four women who attended a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity party in Evanston may have […]

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    Man, woman found shot to death in Brighton Park neighborhood

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and a woman on in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. The bodies were found in a home around 7:30 a.m. Monday, but police believe they were killed last night, possibly during the Super Bowl halftime show. Several neighbors tell WGN there was a suspicious person hanging around the house in the 2500 block of W. 46th Street Sunday night, but no one called police. The […]

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    Mayor hosts dinner for teen to show ‘Sanctuary City’ commitment

    CHICAGO — In a move to further enforce his stance that Chicago is a “sanctuary city,” Mayor Emanuel hosted six teenagers at his home Tuesday night. The group was made up of teens called “dreamers,”  those children who were brought to this country by their parents when they were young. They are not U.S. citizens. The students attend Chicago Public Schools and Chicago city colleges.   They’re from India, Nigeria and Mexico. They came to the mayor’s house to have […]

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    Crews searching lakefront for ‘high risk’ missing man

    CHICAGO – Divers and crews are on Chicago’s lakefront as part of a searching for a missing man. 52-year-old Kevin Narko was last seen near North Ave beach.  At the time he was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with the word “Yale” on it.  He was also wearing dark colored jogging pants and bright green running shoes. Narko is described as a white male, 6’ and 175 lbs with blue eyes and grey hair. Narko has a medical condition and […]