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.

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    CHICAGO — Hundreds of men volunteered for an on-site prostate cancer test today at the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago. Doctors performed blood tests at worship services. A network of physicians was involved in treating the parish’s Bishop Larry Trotter’s bout with the disease two years ago. Early detection is credited with a good prognosis for the bishop — and that was the point of today’s screenings, along with educating church members about the importance of regular checkups. For […]

  • JRW visits churches in new effort to get Little League title back

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West’s team passed around a petition Sunday at area churches in hopes they could help them get their title back. Jackie Robinson West believes churches have the impact to change a decision like the one that stripped the team of its title. In February they were penalized because some of the players lived outside the team’s boundaries. On Sunday morning several of the players and their parents visited area churches to ask them to sign a petition […]

  • Chicago City Council passes Obama library ordinance

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s bid to land the Obama presidential library got a big boost today in the city council. President Obama has said he wants the library bearing his name to go to Chicago.  Today, the city council took one more step in ensuring it will come here. It was a unanimous vote to transfer 21 acres of park district land to either Washington Park on the South Side or Jackson Park on the West.  Washington Park seems to be […]

  • Nurse suspended after 3 suspicious deaths at nursing home

    SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill.  — A nurse has been suspended following three suspicious deaths at an area nursing home. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has determined one of those deaths was a homicide. Police are now investigating whether the other two deaths were caused by a lethal dose of pain killers. 98-year-old Dorothy Byrd died the day after six residents of Holland Home were hospitalized Feb. 3 for unknown causes. Two other residents among those six who were hospitalized died earlier […]

  • ‘Chuy’ Garcia promises Friday release of financial plan

    CHICAGO — When asked Thursday about his financial plan for the city, Mayoral candidate Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia again told reporters to just wait. “I hope that you’ve been reading the papers and watching television reports,” he said. “We will be releasing a plan tomorrow, and of course all of you are invited to come.” Garcia’s comments came at a South Side news conference where he enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of former Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. Wilson officially […]

  • No bail for Chicago grandmother charged in murder of 7-month-old girl

    CHICAGO — Bail has been denied for a grandmother accused of beating, choking, and cutting her granddaughter’s throat with a power saw. 52-year-old Manuela Rodriguez allegedly killed 7-month-old Rose Herrera in the Little Village neighborhood Monday apparently because the infant wouldn’t stop crying. Autopsy reports show the girl died of craniocerebral blunt force injuries, caused by multiple blows to her head. A secondary cause was probable suffocation from a sock that was shoved in her mouth. Officials say Rodriguez then tried to kill […]

  • 5-year-old wounded in shooting: Granddaddy ‘was a good man’

    CHICAGO –A vigil was held Tuesday night to honor the four victims of a shooting on the city’s Far South Side. Police continue to investigate the incident that left one man dead and injured three others, including two children. It happened just after 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of West 105th Street. Police say 77-year-old Odell Branch Sr. was watching TV with his 5-year-old great grandson, Shamaree Bynum, when bullets flew through the front window and struck him […]

  • Emanuel, Garcia battle as huge cuts linger

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    February 2015 now city’s 3rd snowiest, 2nd place finish still possible

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s latest snowfall on Wednesday night and Thursday officially totaled 5.7 inches at O’Hare International Airport, this city’s official weather site. That brought the snowfall total for this February to 26.4 inches, the third highest total for the month dating back to the start of the city’s snowfall climatology in the winter of 1884-85. A typical February sees 9.1 inches of snow. This month has seen nearly three times that normal amount. The only February’s with more snow […]


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