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.

Recent Articles
  • FBI agents to help CPD in high crime areas

    In a highly unusual move dozens of FBI agents are headed to Chicago’s highest crime areas. WGN News has learned the 40 state troopers assigned to the Chicago police dept’s fugitive task force arrived at 11th District today and will start work tomorrow. Now the Sun Times is reporting  65 FBI agents will be working hand in hand with Chicago police as well.  They’ll be assigned to the south and west sides for at least the next three to four […]

  • Crowd gathers at Chicago’s Bean for Ice Bucket Challenge

    A chilly challenge for a good cause is sweeping the country. The ALS Ice Bucket challenge has gone viral, getting support from celebrities and regular folks alike. It dares people to donate to the charity or dump a bucket of frozen cubes on their heads to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Participants also get to dare others they know to do it. Today at Millennium Park, a large group gathered to do the […]

  • Residents march in unity after attacks in Midlothian

    A group of concerned residents gather together in Midlothian to show unity after a series attacks left four women beaten and robbed. About 25 neighbors came out to walk the neighborhood around the Metra station Tuesday night as part of the community policing committee. A sign posted on the station door says to call 911 if you’re alone and afraid to walk home and Midlothian police will help you. But members of the group say they would like to see […]

  • Parents upset over prep athletes’ punishment for party

    Parents in suburban Glen Ellyn are upset after a teen drinking party, that was busted up by police, led to punishments at Glenbard West High School. Parents met with school officials tonight at the District 87 headquarters and asked for the athletic code to be reviewed and possibly changed. The athletic code at Glenbard West has been in existence for nearly 20 years and says that no student-athlete can attend, host, plan, or participate in parties where there is any […]

  • Organizers disappointed shooting overshadowed positive parade

    For the first time in its 85 year history, gunfire rung out along the route of the Bud Billiken parade Saturday. Chicago police say two teens were shot, after a group approached one of the victims, an 18- year-old and words were exchanged. Someone in the group pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old in his arm. A 17-year-old hit in the hand by a bullet, plus a graze wound to his backside. Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed out today tens of thousands […]

  • Chicago’s Iraqi Christians rally against genocide

    The largest group of Iraqi Christians outside of Iraq lives in Chicago. Friday, hundreds of Assyrians asked the world to stop the genocide in northern Iraq, demanding a safe haven for rebel-targeted Christians. Nadia Davood’s uncle and his six children are now religious refugees. “They all escaped from their families, from their houses. They left everything, and they are really, really in a bad situation,” Davood said. “And we cannot do anything from there. That’s why we are here today.” […]

  • Brother and sister killed by Metra train in Chicago

    Two people were struck and killed by a Metra train Thursday afternoon. A brother and his sister in their 50’s were struck near the Western Ave Station around 5 p.m. by a train heading inbound from LaGrange. Witnesses say the say the siblings were were pushing a cart on the tracks looking for metal scraps.  The sister was her brother’s caretaker. He was partially blind. Friends and family say the sister and brother were up there often. Trains were stopped […]

  • Major gang leader arrested in West Side drug bust

    An early morning drug bust on the Chicago’s West Side netted at least 30 gang members, including one high ranking member of the gangster disciples. 55-year-old Johnny Herndon is the alleged leader of just one faction of the Gangster Disciples, a dangerous faction that allegedly used guns and violence to protect its multi-million dollar empire. federal and local authorities say 35 members of the faction were selling heroin and crack in a two block area in West Garfield Park. Two […]

  • 40 state troopers to assist Chicago Police Department

    Illinois State Troopers will be helping Chicago police hunt down wanted fugitives in a new partnership agreed to by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn. Forty troopers will bolster the police department’s fugitive apprehension unit, focusing on four crime ridden neighborhoods. Details of the agreement are still being worked out, but Emanuel says after 30 days the program will be evaluated to see if it’s worth continuing. The troopers will continue to be paid out of the state police […]

  • Mechanics chase off would-be sexual assailant; Police seek suspect

    Chicago police are searching for a suspect who is wanted in a criminal sexual abuse incident near the Orange Line in McKinley Park. Police say a 22-year-old woman was walking from the 35th/Archer CTA stop to the parking lot in the 3600 block of S Oakley just before 9 a.m. last Thursday when she was approached by a man. The attacker threw her to the ground, lifted up her skirt, and took off her underpants. He tried to cover her […]


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