Marcella Raymand
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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
  • Police investigate report of locker room assault at Catholic high school

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are part of an investigation into a bullying incident that allegedly took place among members of a high school baseball team in March. Several players on the St. Francis de Sales baseball team were suspended earlier this week and the entire team will attend a class on bullying in the wake of the incident. On Tuesday, Gerald Stewart’s son came home with a letter saying he was suspended for two days after seeing something that happened […]

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    Death of teen shot by Zion officer ruled a homicide; Community calls for peace

    ZION, Ill. –The death of a teen shot twice in the back by a Zion, Ill. police officer has been ruled a homicide. As the family and friends of 17-year-old Justus Howell watch the events unfold in Baltimore, they vow to remain peaceful on the day the Lake County coroner released the findings of a toxicology report. Howell was shot in the back by a Zion police officer on April 4th. He had smoked pot a few hours before the shooting. […]

  • Man in custody after standoff on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — A standoff situation on Chicago’s far West Side ended with Chicago police taking a man into custody around 4 p.m.. The 911 call came into police about 9:30 a.m. about an armed man holding two people hostage in the 6300 block of Roscoe. Police confirm it was actually a standoff situation involving two people – a man and a woman. Police say “after lengthy discussions,” authorities were able to convince the woman to exit the home around 2:30 […]

  • Bond set for $1M in CTA assault, robbery

    CHICAGO – Bond was set for a million dollars for a teen accused of raping and robbing a woman on a CTA train. Deshawn Isabelle appeared before a judge today and was charged as an adult, even though he is only 15-years-old. Police credit surveillance cameras with helping to track down the suspect. Prosecutors say Isabelle attacked a woman Monday on a Blue Line train, sexually assaulted her, stole her cash and phone, then got off at the Cicero stop […]

  • Man charged with killing ex-girlfriend in front of her 2 children

    CHICAGO — First degree murder charges are filed against the man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend, and then running off with her kids. Myron Mason is headed to court today. Police said Mason shot and killed Mechelle Lewis, 28, while she sat in a van with her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.   It happened Tuesday night near 72nd and Bennett. He then took the children and drove to the Grand Crossing police district and turned himself in. The children […]

  • Backlash grows in the wake of a Chicago police officer’s acquittal

    CHICAGO — The backlash against the Cook County State’s Attorney in the wake of a Chicago police officer’s acquittal continues. A judge dropped the charges against a Chicago police officer accused of killing an unarmed black woman earlier this week. The Rainbow Push Coalition and several pastors joined together today to speak out about the shooting death of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd  by off duty Chicago police officer Dante Servin. Servin was found innocent because after Cook County assistant state’s attorney’s […]

  • Woman removed from flight after reportedly stabbing passenger with pen

    CHICAGO — A plane departing from Chicago’s Midway Airport Thursday was forced to return to the gate after an altercation between two passengers. As the plane was taxing on the runway, passengers say a woman jabbed a pen into the arm of the man next to either stop him from snoring or to move his hand that was touching her arm. Initial reports via Twitter from a fellow passenger referred to the incident as the woman “stabbing” the man in […]

  • Driver killed when vehicle crashes into paramedic’s home

    CHICAGO — A man was killed this afternoon when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a home. Police say the crash happened around 12:20 p.m. in the 12000 block of S. Muskegon. WGN has learned the driver was 34. The WGN reporter on the scene has also learned that a paramedic lives in the house and was home at the time at the crash.  That paramedic initiated CPR on the driver but was not able to save him. The driver was […]

  • Volunteers waste no time helping tornado-ravaged communities

    FAIRDALE, Ill — The response from volunteers was swift and total Friday after storms and tornadoes blew through Fairdale Thursday night. Groups were out in field cleaning up tree limbs and storm debris. Volunteers also donated food, water and clothing at the Kirkland Fire Dept which became a kind of ground zero for those who needed help. Fairdale resident Jerry Lawton came to get food for his two dogs. “My house pretty much survived,” he said. “My neighbors’ didn’t” The […]

  • Rahm Emanuel elected to second term as Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is re-elected to a second term, defeating Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the city’s first ever mayoral runoff. With 98 percent of the city`s precincts reporting, Emanuel earned 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Garcia. With handshakes, hugs and selfies, the Mayor was out this morning to thank voters and talk to reporters at the CTA Red Line 95th Street station. He said he feels reinvigorated by by his reelection, […]

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