Marcella Raymand

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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    Car crashes into house in Chicago’s West Norwood Park neighborhood

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    Man delivering instruments shot at during morning rush hour

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    CHICAGO — Tuesday was Election Day in Illinois. Officials said voter turnout was steady, but it may not reach the level seen eight years ago when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced off in the Democratic presidential primary. Along with the presidential primary, Illinois voters cast ballots on several state and city-wide elections, including House and Senate primaries, and Cook County state’s attorney. Read below for updates, photos and results from Tuesday night’s primaries.

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    Police search for brazen bike thief

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    No injuries reported in massive flea market fire

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