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
  • Videos, images flood Internet in wake of plane crash

    Long before any official word of the plane crash in Ukraine Thursday, social media users were sharing information and images of the downed plane. WGN’s Marcella Raymond has more and Amy Rutledge shows how social media played a part in the worldwide coverage.  

  • Feds want state panel to delay Quinn investigation

    Illinois lawmakers met today to discuss the Gov Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence grant program.   Only Billy Ocasio, former alderman and senior advisor to Governor Quinn showed up for the hearing.   “I just want to say that for the record I am here and 2. I have no documents,” Ocasio said. The other six former Quinn aides had their attorneys convey the same message: They have no documents and their clients aren’t appearing because the justice department said their open testimony […]

  • Illinois gets rolling on medical marijuana

    Illinois lawmakers Tuesday were fine tuning the law legalizing medical marijuana use in the state. If the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approves the guidelines, those with last names beginning with letters A through L would be able to apply for medical marijuana use in September and October. People with last names that start with M through Z could apply in November and December. Patients for one of 13 medical conditions are eligible to apply. It’s expected to take 30 […]

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    Funeral held for slain Gary police officer

    A police officer from Gary, who was murdered while on duty, was laid to rest Monday. Officer Jeffrey Westerfield was the father of four girls, about to be married, and a 19 year veteran of the Gary Police Dept.   He was shot in his squad car answering a call Sunday July 6th – his 47th birthday. Friends, family and those who did not know him but wanted to honor his service, gathered at the Genesis Convention. Officer Westerfield’s motorcycle was […]

  • Kirk: Hundreds of minors from Mexican border in Chicago

    Detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border are so overwhelmed by the recent surge of unaccompanied children illegally crossing over to America, officials have run out of places to put them. Sen. Mark Kirk said today that 429 unaccompanied minors are here in Chicago. He says wants background checks done on them. Minors from countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are crossing the US border from Mexico in record numbers. 57,000 have been reported so far this year. There is […]

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    ‘Threatening’ call puts Chicago hospital on lockdown for hours

    Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago was put on lockdown for nearly four hours Thursday morning after the hospital received a threatening phone call. No one will comment on the nature of the call but it was threatening enough to prompt a full Chicago police response. A hospital spokesperson said for the protection of employees, patients and visitors, they took special measures. During the lockdown, patients and visitors were turned away.

  • Indiana woman’s body found in trunk, police seek suspect

    Police in Indiana are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in the brutal murder of a woman whose body was found in a trunk of a car. 54-year-old DeCarol Deloney-Cain of Crown Point, Ind. was stabbed and bludgeoned to death, police say. DeCarol leaves behind a husband and three children. Family says she loved her job and traveled the world. Gary police and the Lake County sheriff’s police are asking for anyone with any information to contact […]

  • Grocery stores part of new plan to revitalize parts of South Side

    Details of a new plan to help revitalize parts of Chicago’s South Side were announced Wednesday. Hundreds of acres on 87th and Lake Shore Drive have been vacant for more than 20 years since the U.S. Stell Mill closed. Now those who live here are hoping this once vibrant area will become vibrant again. It will start with a Mariano’s grocery store opening in 2016 on the northeast corner of the development. Mariano’s is the anchor store and other businesses […]

  • As minimum wage debate continues, one family shares struggle

    A task force, put together by Mayor Emanuel, recommended today that city’s minimum wage should be raised to $13 an hour by 2018. It also recommended the city council hold off its vote on the matter until state lawmakers tackle this issue after the November election. And while there are studies done on both sides of the minimum wage battle, how businesses will go out of business, or how they’ll thrive because more people will have money in their pockets […]

  • 2 blocks, 30 minutes of gunfire: Just part of deadly weekend in Chicago

    Gunfire erupted for a half hour in a two block area Sunday, just part of Chicago’s deadly holiday weekend. On Escanaba, between 80th and 81st, three people were shot: A 25-year-old man was shot in the head, a 19-year-old woman was shot in the thigh and a 47-year-old man was caught in the crossfire while standing on a porch. During the shootings, a police helicopter was called in to keep an eye from above, while heavily armed tactical officers from […]