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
  • 9 people robbed in 1 hour on Northwest Side, police say

    CHICAGO — At least 9 people were robbed within an hour Monday morning on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The robberies, plus at least one carjacking and an attempted carjacking, happened between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. in a 1-square-mile area in the Albany Park neighborhood, police said. Officers believe the same group of two to four young men in their late teens or early 20s are responsible for all of the attacks. The offenders were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. In one […]

  • Rauner and Ives make final push in Republican governor’s race

    CHICAGO — It’s the last day of campaigning before Illinois voters go to the polls in the Illinois primary. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was pretty riled up.  At a press conference Monday, he focused on an ad paid for by the Democratic Governor’s Association about his primary opponent, Jeanne Ives. The ad by the DGA says Ives is in “lockstep” with President Trump, appealing to Trump voters who might be turned off by Rauner. Rauner is condemning the ad he […]

  • Gubernatorial candidates race to sway voters as primary election nears

    CHICAGO — Recent polls show some voters are still undecided ahead of this month’s primaries, and candidates from both sides of the aisle are racing through the last couple of days to make their case. Gov. Rauner didn’t have any public appearances scheduled for Sunday, so those running against him took the opportunity to say why they think he’s a bad choice for four more years. His challenger Jeanne Ives says he’s running a smear campaign against her, and admits […]

  • Man abducted his children after killing estranged wife, prosecutors say

    CHICAGO — The suburban man accused of murdering his estranged wife and abducting his two young children was denied bail Saturday. Prosecutors allege Lynn Washington fatally shot his wife in her back at a gas station Wednesday before abducting the couple’s children, setting off an Amber Alert. The children were found safe at their grandmother’s house 17 hours after the alert was issued. During a bond hearing Saturday, prosecutors said Washington and 27-year-old Lakisha Roby were going through “a contentious divorce.” Roby […]

  • Everything you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, from the parade to the river

    CHICAGO — St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so everything that comes with it in Chicago — from the parade to the emerald green river — will be celebrated on the actual holiday March 17 downtown. Chicago is consistently named one of the best cities for St. Patrick’s Day parties, and was voted best in the country this year by WalletHub for its combination of traditions, cost and accessibility. Nearly 800,000 people are expected to line the […]

  • Woman to be reunited with daughter in Chicago after being released by ICE

    CHICAGO — Immigration authorities have released the mother of a 7-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The two were detained by ICE in November and were being held in separate detention centers. The mother should make it to Chicago in a day or so to be reunited with her daughter.  The girl is being housed in a facility run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Community members gathered at Federal Plaza in Chicago to raise […]

  • Students across Chicago-area participate in National School Walkout

    CHICAGO — Students at schools across the Chicago-area participated in a national walkout to protest gun violence Wednesday morning. The walkouts were planned after a gunman killed 17 people one month ago today at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many students plan to step outside at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed at the Florida school. Each school district handled the walkout in its own way. Some say they won’t […]

  • Lane Tech students join national walkout over gun violence

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of students walked out of Lane Tech High School Wednesday in support of the 17 students who lost their lives in Parkland, Florida a month ago. They wanted the world to watch as they demanded gun control and an end to the violence not only in schools but in their city. Because the fear for them is very real. “People shouldn’t go through this. We shouldn’t be scared to come to school. It’s not normal,” said tearful […]

  • The Loop prepares to sign off amidst format change

    CHICAGO — A long-time Chicago radio classic rock ‘n’ roll radio station is switching formats this weekend and will become a contemporary Christian music station. The station’s most famous host years ago, Steve Dahl, is one of the last voices that will be heard on The Loop’s airwaves. Dahl’s WLS AM 890 show Friday afternoon was simulcast on The Loop. He reminisced with other Loop legends about moments that put on air talent solidly in the hearts of every teenager […]

  • Attorney files to drop drug conviction for ex-Schaumburg cop

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — A former Schaumburg cop who pleaded guilty to drug charges is now fighting to have his conviction vacated. Attorney Thomas Glasgow said the prosecutor withheld evidence that could have changed the outcome of the case against his client, Matthew Hudak, one of three former Schaumburg police officers accused of running a drug ring by re-selling cocaine and marijuana they stole from dealers and police seizures. Hudak and Terrence O’Brien pleaded guilty. The charges against John Cichy were dropped […]