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
  • Archdiocese to close 5 Chicago area Catholic schools

    CHICAGO – The Archdiocese of Chicago said it will close five schools at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. The deadline for making the five schools financially solvent was Monday. Four of the schools closing are in the suburbs and one of them is in the city. The five schools closing in June are St. Cyprian School in River Grove, Holy Cross School in Deerfield, Incarnation School in Palos Heights, St. Michael School in Chicago and Our Lady of the […]

  • 2nd O’Hare measles case unrelated to first, officials say

    CHICAGO – State health officials have reported a second case of measles at O’Hare International Airport. Officials said it was a passenger on a flight who arrived at the international terminal last week. The case is not related to the first case which was reported three days ago. The two patients contracted the disease somewhere else and then flew into O’Hare, officials said. State health officials said there is not a measles outbreak at the airport. Infectious disease experts are […]

  • Suburban man carjacked at gunpoint while cleaning snow off car

    OAK PARK, Ill. — A suburban man was carjacked Tuesday morning while he was cleaning snow off his girlfriend’s car. According to police, the man was cleaning snow off the 2017 Hyundai Tuscon while it was warming up on Pleasant Street in Oak Park, Ill., around 8 a.m. on Tuesday. He was getting ready to take his daughter to school. The victim heard a car door shut and looked up to see a man with a hood drawn and wearing […]

  • Trump fires back, says Durbin ‘misrepresented’ remarks

    President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin “totally misrepresented” comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa. “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,” Trump tweeted. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t […]

  • Family sues suburban district over 5th grader’s medical marijuana

    HANOVER PARK, Ill. — A suburban school district banned a 5th grader from taking medical marijuana at her school. Her parents say it treats the epilepsy she developed after undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. Now the family is taking the school district to court. The 5th grader at Hanover Highlands Elementary in Hanover Park is not named in the lawsuit. Over several months, she received extensive chemotherapy to treat leukemia.  Now she’s in remission but, as a result, suffers from epilepsy […]

  • Son fatally shoots father in Hoffman Estates

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – A man is in custody after fatally shooting his father in the northwest suburbs. Wally Tarasiuk, 57, was shot in the head Wednesday morning. Hoffman Estates police and fire crews were called to 940 Ash Road around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the dispatch channel, Tarasiuk’s son, a man in his 20s, said his father was going to shoot him so he shot him first. Neighbors said the father was divorced and lived in the […]

  • Police investigating death in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Police said they were conducting a death investigation in unincorporated Downers Grove, Ill., Tuesday evening. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office said they were conducting the investigation in the 2100 block of 63rd Street. Officials said detectives are waiting for a search warrant to be approved so they can gather evidence. Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, neighbors said they saw a man run into traffic. They said it was a frightening scene. At one point they said he […]

  • Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

    NEW YORK — Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS, said Monday in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices. “There is a developing consensus around the […]

  • Spike in Cook County flu cases taxing area hospitals

    CHICAGO — Hospitals across the Chicago area are dealing with a spike in the number of flu cases. There has been a sharp increase in the number of influenza cases in the past two weeks within the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. One person has died. Doctors are urging Chicagoans to get their flu shot, saying it’s never too late to protect yourself. Since flu season began, about 150 cases have been seen throughout the CCHS, which serves Cook […]

  • Chicago plumbers busy as wintry temps cause pipe bursts

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s deep freeze continues, which means city plumbers are busy. One Chicago resident, Andrea McPike, had a frozen pipe in her Wrigleyville condo. While WGN was interviewing her, the water turned back on, but there was another problem on the other side of the wall. The water gushed into the foyer and out into the street forming a dangerous pool of ice. When pipes freeze and then thaw, the real problems can start. “Sometimes you’ll be lucky and […]