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
  • Man charged in fraud scheme appears in court

    CHICAGO —  A local contractor accused of stealing millions of dollars from elderly Chicagoans faced a judge Thursday. Mark Diamond is accused of making more than 10 million dollars in a reverse mortgage and home repair scheme that targeted the elderly.  There are 122 alleged victims. They are all African American, most are women and most are in their 80s.  Some of the victims are now deceased. Federal prosecutors say Diamond ignored a previous judge’s  court order and continued to […]

  • Chicago could change who can remove passengers from planes following United incident

    CHICAGO —   A new ordinance could ban all city employees, including aviation police, from boarding an airplane, unless in a criminal matter or medical emergency. The proposed changes come after a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight last month. The viral video shows police with the Department of Aviation dragging Dr. David Dao off a United Express flight, because he refused to give up his seat for an airline employee. The flight to Louisville, Ky., was overbooked, […]

  • Sure sign of summer! Riverwalk set to officially open Saturday

    CHICAGO — One of the first signs of summer is about to open: The Chicago Riverwalk. The official grand opening is this Saturday and for Chicagoans and visitors alike, the Riverwalk offers fun for everyone. For a little over a mile, you can run or stroll uninterrupted along the South Side of the Chicago River.  And along the way, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Riverwalk  from Lake Street to Lake Shore Drive. The Riverwalk is for pedestrians […]

  • Flooding reported at Naperville’s Rivewalk

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Flooding concerns continue as the Chicago area receives more rain. The Dupage River is above flood stage by four feet. And in downtown Naperville, there is flooding at the Riverwalk. Water is close to the bridges and well over the lower level sidewalk, even up on the stairs on both sides. Fortunately, the river has crested and is on it’s way down.

  • Home where toddler was found dead now condemned

    WILL COUNTY, Ill. — After the body of a missing Illinois toddler was found last Thursday, authorities have released photos of the decrepit home where she was pronounced dead. The Joliet Township house where 16-month-old Semaj Crosby was found dead has since been condemned.  Police said the residence was in a “deplorable condition,” with between five and 15 people – described as squatters – living on and off at the residence. In the kitchen, food in foil pans and pizza […]

  • Plane from O’Hare makes emergency landing at DuPage County Airport

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — A plane operating under the regional branch of American Airlines has made an emergency landing at a suburban Chicago airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday morning that it is investigating SkyWest Flight 2936, operated by American Eagle. FAA officials say the flight departed Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 9 a.m. bound for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and landed 15 minutes later “without incident” about 25 miles west at DuPage Airport […]

  • Burglars crash car into Magnificent Mile Louis Vuitton, steal purses

    CHICAGO — Burglars smashed their way into a high-end store on the Magnificent Mile on Sunday. It happened shortly after midnight at the Louis Vuitton store in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue. Police say five men used a BMW to ram their way into the store. They quickly got out of the vehicle and grabbed merchandise. When they tried to back the vehicle out of the store, their car hit an Uber filled with passengers. Police say the […]

  • Neighbor charged in murder of Schaumburg woman

      SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The neighbor of a suburban woman who was found sexually assaulted and strangled in her apartment has been charged with her murder. 29-year-old Bulmaro Mejia-Maya has arrests in several states including Florida where he was charged Thursday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.  He has ties in Florida  and just days after the murder, that’s where police found him. Mejia-Maya appeared in court today in Jacksonville, Florida. He wore headphones for translation and shackles around his […]

  • EPA chief tours toxic East Chicago site

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is in the Chicago area Wednesday to look at a public housing complex with dangerous toxins in its soil. Scott Pruitt is touring a housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana where 1,000 people have been ordered to evacuate because of lead and arsenic in the ground. Residents and environmentalists are calling for more support and testing. They are worried Pruitt won’t do enough to eradicate the problem because he […]

  • Blagojevich lawyers argue for reduced sentence

    Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich were back in federal court Tuesday, trying to get his 14-year sentence reduced. Blagojevich’s attorneys told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Judge James Zagel failed to take into account Blagojevich’s good prison record when he re-sentenced him after five of his corruption conviction counts were dropped. Lawyers also argued Blagojevich did not commit extortion, a crime for which he was convicted. Prosecutors say that the inmates letters and recommendations were […]