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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
  • Trial starts for Naperville woman charged with killing 2 children

    WHEATON, Ill. — Tuesday was day one in the trial of a Naperville woman accused of fatally stabbing her 7-year-old son, a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting and two family dogs. Elzbieta Plackowska, 45, has been in custody for almost five years for the 2012 murders. Plachowska admitted to the murders, but the trial is to determine if she was insane when she did it on October 30, 2012. DuPage county prosecutors said she killed the kids and the children’s two […]

  • 2 men injured in shooting on IB Dan Ryan; lanes reopened after investigation

    CHICAGO — Two men were reportedly injured in a shooting incident on the northbound express lanes of I-94 near 71st St. Thursday afternoon. A 27-year-old male and a 21-year-old male were shot and drove themselves to St. Bernard Hospital. They were going to be transferred to Stroger Hospital, but there is no word on their condition at this time. Illinois State Police have reopened the inbound Dan Ryan between 59th at 71st streets after all lanes were closed for a shooting […]

  • Mayor: Chicago students welcome as Trump ending DACA program

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago students “have nothing to worry about” as President Donald Trump’s administration said it will wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. Emanuel spoke as Chicago Public Schools marked the first day of classes Tuesday. The mayor told students at Solorio Academy High School they “are welcome in the city of Chicago.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports that school officials say about a third of the school’s students are undocumented citizens. Emanuel said […]

  • Labor Day protests call for $15 per hour minimum wage

    CHICAGO — Several hundred Chicago residents spent their Labor Day demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage. The rallies started early at a McDonalds in Pilsen. McDonald’s has been a target for the Fight for 15 Movement for years. The protest then moved to the Thompson Center where more people gathered. Protesters want minimum wage raised to $15 per hour and they want to be unionized because they say they are understaffed and underpaid. The people fighting for the wage […]

  • Dance party held at John Hancock in honor of solar eclipse

    CHICAGO — A dance party was held at the John Hancock Observatory, to celebrate the solar eclipse. If a song had a sun or moon reference, it was on the astronaut DJ’s playlist at 360 Chicago Monday afternoon. Kids showed off their best dance moves complete with eclipse shades. “I like that everyone’s dancing …just having a great time,” Lilli Duran said. Feet away people pressed against the floor to ceiling windows trying to catch a glimpse of the eclipse through […]

  • Pregnant woman among those hurt after police pursuit ends in crash on Eisenhower

    CHICAGO — Two people are in custody after a police pursuit ended in a crash on a Chicago expressway this afternoon.  At least three people were taken to the hospital including a pregnant woman who was ejected from a car. A suspect in a string of carjackings was a passenger in the Cadillac.  He was spotted by an unmarked Chicago police car which started pursuing him on the inbound Eisenhower Expressway.  Police say he was possibly armed and considered him […]

  • Local law enforcement pushes wealth-based bails

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and other law enforcement officials say bails are set too high for many crime suspects. They asking the Illinois Supreme Court to force lower courts to issue wealth-based bails. Every day up to 200 people who are accused of minor, non-violent crimes, sit in Cook County jail because they can’t afford bail of $1,000 or less. That wreaks havoc on a system already overworked and oversaturated.  Most of those inmates in this group […]

  • Aurora woman robbed at gunpoint then sexually assaulted, police say

    AURORA, Ill. — Police are searching for a man they said sexually assaulted and robbed a woman at gunpoint on Saturday. Police said a 38-year-old woman was walking in an alley in the 400 block of Marion Avenue in Aurora, Ill., when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded her valuables. Police said she handed over cash and then he sexually assaulted her between two garages in the alley. He then told her to leave […]

  • Chicago cracks down on unlicensed party buses

    CHICAGO — When you’re making a reservation for a party bus in the city, you may not think to ask if the company is licensed. Now you need to find out or risking losing your money. That’s because a new Chicago ordinance is cracking down on unlicensed party buses that Chicago police say have been a source of concern for some time. It gives the city the power to stop a party bus from operating if it does not have […]

  • Police seek suspects in Jefferson Park burglary

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for four suspects in a burglary in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. Yuen Dao who lives in the home came home Monday to find the security camera by the garage ripped off, the side fence broken and the back porch camera broken as well.  But not before the cameras  captured a good look at the men. The video shows three men invading a backyard after one rang the doorbell around 1 p.m. to make sure no […]