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
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    Gas leak causes Homer Glen home explosion, fire; 2 hurt

    HOMER GLEN, Ill.–Authorities say a home explosion and large fire caused by a natural gas leak injured two people in suburban Chicago and prompted the evacuation of area residents. Will County Emergency Services says the fire burned Thursday afternoon about two blocks from the site of the leak in Homer Glen. Authorities say a man and his daughter were taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment of injuries including burns. Workers with natural gas utility Nicor worked Thursday night to […]

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    Maywood’s only grocery store Aldi to close for good on Christmas Eve

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — Maywood is set to lose its only grocery store. Aldi announced it plans to close the store on Christmas Eve — Saturday, Dec. 24. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Congressman Danny Davis are holding an event Thursday afternoon calling on Aldi to keep the store open. “The community depends on this location as its sole source of healthy, nutritious food,” a statement from Boykin’s office said. “Many Maywood citizens simply do not have the means to travel to other […]

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    Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran accused of misusing $30K

    CHICAGO — A newly unveiled indictment accuses a well-known Chicago alderman of withdrawing at least $30,000 from a charitable fund he oversaw to pay his daughter’s college tuition and to spend on gambling. The grand jury indictment of Willie Cochran was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. It includes 11 counts of wire fraud, two of federal program bribery and two counts of extortion. The 22-page filing says the charity, called the 20th Ward Activities Fund, was ostensibly […]

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    High school team honors memory of young fan by raising $100,000 for children’s hospital

    CHICAGO — It was a lofty goal: honor the memory of a fan who died too young by raising $100,000 in eight years. But members of a suburban football team  passed the responsibility on from one year to the next, and crossed the goal line Monday afternoon. The fundraising started eight years ago after 9-year-old Alyssa Potratz died suddenly. Alyssa and her twin brother Jeremy were huge fans of the Prospect High School team, so the high school decided to create […]

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    Chicago mother delivers her own baby in car on way to hospital

    CHICAGO — Some excitement for one couple on the Dan Ryan Monday morning, as a mother delivers her own baby on the way to the hospital. Tenisha Rambert had been watching birthing videos during her pregnancy, but she didn’t know she would need to play doctor to herself and her child. Ten minutes after she and her husband, Marshall, left the house to have their third child, the couple welcomed little Miller. Tenisha delivered him in the front seat of their […]

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    Thousands of workers join ‘Fight for $15’ protests at O’Hare and across Chicago

    CHICAGO —  A nationwide “Day of Disruption” didn’t really disrupt much as the Fight for $15 made its way to O’Hare Airport Tuesday afternoon, where demonstrators and the SEIU say workers need to earn $15 an hour to raise their families. Protests started off early Tuesday morning outside a corporate McDonald’s at Chicago and Damen. About 60 people were arrested after sitting in the middle of the intersection. It wasn’t long before police moved them out and into two waiting buses to get their ticket, […]

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    Chicago area students stage walkout protest against Trump

    CHICAGO — A week after Donald Trump was elected president, the protests continue.  Today it was college students gathering at campuses across the nation, including Chicago, exercising their First Amendment right. A group of protesters began to gather at University of Chicago around 3 p.m. Northwestern students are planning a rally at 8 p.m.. Earlier, at UIC and campuses across the state and country, college students rallied in support of each other.  They are protesting peacefully and say they just […]

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    Early voting in Cook County breaks records

    CHICAGO –    Over 600,000 people have voted in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs over the last two weeks.  That’s a record.  In fact, this election seems to be breaking all kinds of records. Early voting this year has surpassed the last two presidential elections.  Voting by mail is up 88.5%.  With extended early voting and longer hours, the lines have been long around the city. Lines are expected to be long tomorrow as well. On this eve of […]

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    Record number of Chicago voters cast their ballots in early voting

    CHICAGO — Voters are taking advantage of early voting and are turning out in record numbers. So far more than 284,000 people have cast their ballots. That’s more than the general election in 2008 when President Barack Obama was running for his first term in The White House. If you still want to cast your ballot before early voting ends, you have until 7 p.m. tonight.

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    Revolutionary mental health and addiction clinic opens on the South Side

    CHICAGO — For years, activists demanded better mental health and substance abuse services on Chicago’s South Side. Tomorrow, their dream comes true, when a revolutionary facility opens in the Roseland community. The Community Triage Center (CTC) is part of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, which is locally and federally funded.  With continued funding cuts to social service agencies, health officials say a place like the CTC will ease the burden on those who are ill and on the […]