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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    Mayor’s police oversight changes go to full City Council vote

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council will vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to revamp the way the city handles officer-involved shootings and police misconduct allegations after it was approved by a joint session of the Committee on Budget and Government Operations and Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday. The ordinance to create the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) will now face a full City Council vote on Wednesday. “These changes are critical to our efforts to restore trust between the Chicago Police Department […]

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    21-year-old shot and killed on South Side

    CHICAGO – A 21-year-old woman was shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side this afternoon. Police say the shooting took place near 106th and South State in the Roseland neighborhood around 2 p.m. Friends identify the victim as Adrianna Mays. Witnesses say the woman had just gotten out of her car which was parked in front of her house.  She had just set her her child in the car seat on the ground, when a car came around the corner […]

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    Markham police shoot and kill man outside nightclub; family speaks out

    MARKHAM, Ill. — A brawl outside a south suburban nightclub ended with one man shot to death by police. State investigators are now trying to determine if that shooting was justified. Donte Jones’ family says they’re hearing so many different reports, mainly on television, about what happened the morning he was killed, but they’re not hearing from police. Jones’ family members said all they want is to talk to the police and see whatever video there is of the 36-year-old being […]

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    Witnessing cyclist’s death prompts business owner to make trucks safer

    CHICAGO — Five Chicago bicyclists have died since June after being hit by large commercial trucks. The latest was yesterday morning in Roscoe Village.   23-year-old Anastasia Kondrasheva was on her bike and stopped at a light at Addison and Damen. She was to the right of a smaller flatbed truck that was stopped as well. When the truck driver turned right, its back tires ran over Anastasia. The driver of the truck, a 38-year-old man, was cited with failure to […]

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    95% of Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike

    CHICAGO — Teachers in the nation’s third-largest public school district have overwhelmingly voted in support of a strike, though the earliest one could occur is mid-October. The Chicago Teachers Union said Monday that 95 percent of its voting members favored strike authorization. The support was expected. About 88 percent supported a strike during a similar December vote. The union, which represents over 25,000 members, needs 75 percent support and 10 days of notice before a walkout. CTU’s governing body meets […]

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    Former Illinois National Guardman, cousin sentenced in terror plot

    CHICAGO — A former Illinois National Guard soldier who pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Hasan Edmonds was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Former National Guardsman gets 30 years for plot to kill fellow soldiers. More at 5. #Wgn — marcella raymond (@MarcellaWGN) September 20, 2016 Earlier, his cousin, 30-year-old Jonas Edmonds, received a 21-year prison sentence. Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Hasan Edmonds planned to travel to the Middle East to […]

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    Attorneys for officers involved in McDonald shooting face police board

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Board held its first status hearing Monday on five officers accused of lying in the deadly  2104 police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Attorneys for Jason Van Dyke and the three officers and one sergeant accused of lying about the shooting of Laquan McDonald appeared before the board today for the first status hearing. A gag order imposed in the criminal case against Van Dyke prevented his attorney from speaking in public.  But today […]

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    Investigators suspect arson behind fast-moving strip mall fire

    CHICAGO — Bomb and arson investigators are waiting for a bulldozer to be brought in to clear out the storage area in the back of the Family Dollar store in a strip mall that caught fire Monday to see what might have started the blaze. Neighbor Unray Williams watched from his porch as Chicago firefighters took two hours to put out the flames. “We on the porch yelling ‘get out of there!’” he said. Firefighters couldn’t fight the fire from […]

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    Viral photo raises over $250K to help elderly street vendor retire

    CHICAGO — In just a few days, more than $250,000 has been raised to help a Little Village man retire. Life hasn’t been easy for him lately, but because of the kindness of strangers, he can now get some rest. For 20 years, Mr. Sanchez has been selling ice cream and popsicles in the summer and on nice winter days.  He leaves Paleteria Poncho every morning with 200 treats and pushes the 50-pound cart for as long as he can. Some […]

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    Construction of new high rise to also benefit under served communities, Emanuel says

    CHICAGO —    Ground broke Wednesday for what will one day be the third tallest building in Chicago, The Vista Tower. The dichotomy of the new 95-story historic lakefront residential high rise and the soon-to-open Whole Foods in a blighted South Side community couldn’t be more glaring.  The Vista Towers will cater to the wealthiest Chicagoans while the Whole Foods is offering residents in a food desert an opportunity to eat better. Mayor Emanuel says the  Vista Towers, created by famed architect […]