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
  • West Side store owner shot, hospitalized in robbery

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for suspects who shot and wounded a store owner in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. 51-year old Adel Yacoub was shot in the abdomen. His wife tells WGN the bullet went through his body and didn’t hit any major organs. She hopes he will get out of the hospital today. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at this corner store in the 4100 block of West 16th Street. Police say two suspects came into the store, […]

  • FBI: Trump campaign, Russia ties investigated, no wiretap evidence found

    WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said for the first time Monday that the bureau is investigating whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow while Russia was interfering in the presidential election. Comey also delivered an implicit rebuke to President Donald Trump, saying that he had “no information” to support claims by the President that he was wiretapped on the orders of predecessor Barack Obama. In a dramatic hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey, once again […]

  • Boy, 3, shot in apparent accident in Englewood home

    CHICAGO –A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head in an apparent accident. It happened at 5 p.m. Thursday inside a home at 62nd and Aberdeen in the Englewood neighborhood. The boy was the youngest of at least four children, who were left unsupervised in an apartment without any heat or hot water. A police spokesman says the boy was shot during a game of cops and robbers. The boy’s parents are in custody, but no charges […]

  • Anti-Semitic flyers circulating on campus at UIC

    The University of Illinois Chicago is investigating after someone put anti-Semitic flyers on campus. The flyers were found on Tuesday and pictures of them are being passed around on social media. On Tuesday, the flyers were put up throughout the library on the UIC campus and student center east. Student Eva Zeltser took down at least a dozen of them. “I was horrified to be totally honest with you,” said Zeltser. The flyers say “Ending white privilege starts with ending […]

  • Lake-effect snow hits Chicago area

    There was no shortage of spinouts, snow blowers and plows Monday as Chicago deals with the biggest snow fall of the year. And there’s more snow headed our way. Some areas are expected to get several more inches on the ground. INTERACTIVE RADAR HERE The Lake-effect Snow Warning calling for the possibility of 5 to 10-inches of  snow due to northeast winds over Lake Michigan developing plumes of snow that will move inland over Lake, Cook and DuPage Counties in […]

  • 1 shot, 1 injured in south suburban Wal-Mart parking lot; Person in custody

    BEDFORD PARK, Ill – A person is in custody after one person was shot and another person was struck by a car in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot on Chicago’s South Side. Police say the shooting is gang related. Occupants of two cars confronted each other around 12:30 p.m. Monday on Cicero Ave. The confrontation spilled into the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 7050 S. Cicero Ave Police say one car stopped and two people got out.  The driver […]

  • Case of mumps suspected at CPS elementary school

    CHICAGO – One case of mumps is suspected at school on the North Side of Chicago. The case at Peirce Elementary School has not been confirmed but CPS put out a statement saying: “CPS is supporting the Chicago Department of Public Health as it investigates a potential case of mumps. A diagnosis has not been confirmed, and we will work with the Department of Public Health to institute any necessary precautionary measures.” This comes on the day the Lake County […]

  • Police searching for suburban man wanted for murder

    NORTHBROOK, Ill. –Police have released the name and photo of the December murder of a suburban man. Northbrook police have been looking for  50-year-old John Panaligan in the death of attorney Jigar Patel on December 7th. Panaligan is wanted for the strangulation murder of Patel in his office on Shermer Rd. Police say the motive was in response to a long drawn out lawsuit. The suspect in the murder of a Northbrook Atty. The story at 4. #wgn — […]

  • Democratic, Republican commentators take Trump to task over media comments

    CHICAGO– There was packed house at a political forum Friday on the campus of the University of Chicago, moderated by Democratic strategist David Axelrod. Both the GOP and the Democratic speakers came down hard on President Trump for his repeated attacks on the media. Students and faculty packed into the International House Assembly Hall to hear Democratic analyst Van Jones and GOP Commentator S.E. Cupp voice concerns and answer questions about Donald Trump’s most recent criticism of the press at the […]

  • Chicago police discuss overnight raids, 81 arrested

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police made 81 arrests in overnight raids in a second of a series of operations. There were 122 targets in this planned operation, Supt. Eddie Johnson and Chief Tony Riccio said at a press conference on Friday. They continue to locate and arrest about 40 others. There will be more raids in the coming weeks. 12 guns were pulled off the streets last night. One of the guns was a machine gun, capable of firing 40 […]