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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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    No bail for mother in stabbing death of 15-year-old girl

    CHICAGO — A mother has been held without bail in the stabbing death of a high school honor student. Authorities say Tamika Gayden gave a knife to her 13-year old daughter which was used to stab 15-year-old De’Kayla Dansberry during a fight. It happened Saturday night in the Parkway Gardens housing complex at 65th and King Drive. Prosecutors say they have video of the stabbing and a witness who says the girl cleaned blood from the knife while repeating the […]

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    Will vacation rental industry be regulated in Chicago?

    CHICAGO – Will the vacation rental industry in Chicago be regulated?  That question was front and center during a hearing today. Enforcement was the biggest concern for many aldermen at today’s meeting.  But Mayor Emanuel says that will come later and is interested in getting an ordinance passed first. The crowds that came in support of home sharing were so large, the committee hearing had to be moved to council chambers and started two hours late. It’s a battle between […]

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    Prom King featured in series ‘Chicagoland’ shot and killed

    CHICAGO — A young man featured in the series “Chicagoland“ was shot and killed on the far South Side overnight. 22-year-old Lee McCullum  was shot in the head in the 500 block of West 126th street. When former Fenger High School principal Liz Dozier got the  phone call this morning, she didn’t understand.    Her former student was dead. Dozier, a mentor to McCullum, tweeted his picture and said: Lee was was shot and killed this morning. Pure madness. Who […]

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    Ex-Blaine principal Troy LaRaviere discusses dismissal from Blaine Elementary

    CHICAGO — The outspoken former principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is speaking out. On Wednesday, Troy LaRaviere had a private closed door hearing regarding his employment status. He was suddenly removed from his position last month and re-assigned to his home. LaRaviere is accused of ethics violations. He says it’s because he appeared in a political ad with Jesus Chuy Garcia when he ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. LaRaviere also wrote a blog accusing the mayor, […]

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    NW Side community on edge after teen girl sexually assaulted

    CHICAGO – A Northwest Side neighborhood is on edge tonight after a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in broad daylight near an elementary school. The attack happened Thursday in the city’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. The teen was walking in the 5500 block of Balmoral Avenue when she was approached from behind by a man who put his hand over her mouth and forced her to the alley. He touched her breasts and genital area. As of early this afternoon, the […]

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    Inmate in 2013 jail beating sues

    CHICAGO — An inmate whose 2013 beating at the Cook County jail was caught on video is suing. The lawsuit claims the officer’s actions against inmate Randall Brown were an unnecessary and an unreasonable use of force. Brown doesn’t appear to be resisting. He’s suing the correctional officer involved Branden Norise, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County. The video, released by Dart a few weeks ago, shows as a cell full of inmates watching as Brown is beaten by […]

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    Mexican restaurant latest victim in string of Lakeview burglaries

    CHICAGO — A robbery at a Mexican restaurant in Lakeview was captured on surveillance video. The man who robbed Torta Haus is probably the same person who recently  hit up four more businesses in the area. At 2:15 Tuesday morning, the man walked up to the glass front door of Torta Haus in the 900 block of West Diversey. He walked away several times before breaking in. “He has a little utility bag, crowbar, gloves and dust mask. Not his first rodeo,” said Torta Haus […]

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    Indiana voters head to the polls for primaries

    Ted Cruz couldn’t take it anymore. After weeks of personal attacks from Donald Trump, including fresh insinuations that his father was associated with Lee Harvey Oswald, Cruz boiled over Tuesday. “I’m going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump,” he told reporters at a news conference. He then lit into Trump in terms that were sharply personal — even for the already rollicking 2016 Republican primary. Cruz blasted Trump as a “pathological liar,” “utterly amoral,” “a narcissist […]

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    Hastert sentencing shines light on sexual abuse victims’ struggle to report it

    CHICAGO — At Wednesday’s court hearing, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert admitted to sexually abusing three teenage boys and yet he will not be charged with even one because the statute of limitations ran out a long time ago. The only abuse reported against Hastert happened while he was a wrestling coach and teacher at Yorkville High School more than 30 years ago. Dr. Michelle Epstein specializes in child sex abuse and trauma.  She says the fact that he had […]

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    ‘What you did wasn’t misconduct, it was sexual abuse of a minor’: Victims get a voice during Hastert sentencing

    CHICAGO — During today’s sentencing of former House Speaking Dennis Hastert,   a packed courtroom heard bombshell testimony about allegations that Hastert molested boys. There were two witnesses for prosecution and none for Dennis Hastert.  The sister of one victim says today was a victory and that  Hastert will finally brought to justice. Stephen Reinboldt died from AIDS when he was 42.  On his death bed, he told his sister Jolene Burdge about Hastert sexually abusing him.  He was the equipment manager on Hastert’s […]