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
  • Coal City clean-up continues days after devastating tornado

    COAL CITY, Ill. — The strongest of Monday night’s tornadoes was in Coal City, Illinois. It is classified as an EF3, and is the most powerful tornado to hit the Chicago area since an EF5 ripped though Plainfield in 1990. Winds reached 160 miles per hour, leaving a path of destruction across the town. Resident credit early warning for the fact that no one was killed and just a handful of people suffered minor injuries. 30 homes were destroyed in […]

  • Coal City donation, clean-up events tentatively scheduled this week

    COAL CITY, Ill. — An event to help those in need in Coal City, Ill., following Monday night’s devastating tornadoes has been set up for Friday. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 26 at the Diamond Banquet Hall in Diamond, Ill. (map). Attendees are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, sunglasses and sunscreen. Those in attendance will be given safety equipment and will be bussed to neighborhoods to help with Coal City cleanup. Cleaning-type […]

  • Firehouse among the damaged areas in Coal City

    COAL CITY, Ill. – Police officers and firefighters are who you most rely on during an emergency. So what happens when the fire house is hit by a tornado? In Coal City, it’s business as usual. Monday night’s tornado hit hard up and down Berta Road. It wiped out trees and took off roofs. The Coal City Fire Station #2 also got hit hard last night.  The communication’s tower was knocked over onto the new building severely damaging the roof. […]

  • CTA bus driver ticketed after crash that killed 51-year-old woman

    CHICAGO — A bus driver has now been ticketed by Chicago police in the deadly CTA bus crash on Michigan Avenue. The part-time driver was identified as Donald Barnes, 48, who started at the CTA in September. Barnes driver was cited for failure to stop at a red light and failure to exercise due care. Aimee Coath, 51, of Flossmoor, Ill., died Tuesday night from injuries she suffered in the crash. According to police, Coath was crossing Lake Street at Michigan just […]

  • Marine killed in Nepal honored in hometown

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — A local Marine who died while helping quake victims in Nepal was remembered today in her hometown. Route 59 in Plainfield was lined with flags big and small and with Americans who came from all over to support Corporal Sara Medina’s family and to say thank you. 23-year-old Marine Corporal Medina, a combat photographer and 2010 graduate of East Aurora High, was on a humanitarian mission after the devastating may earthquake in Nepal.   Her helicopter crashed […]

  • Boutique robbed in Lincoln Park

    CHICAGO — Police are investigating what could be the third crime in a series of robberies involving a knife-wielding suspect. A suspect entered The Blues Jean Bar in the 2200 block of North Halsted around 2:30 p.m. The suspect pretended to pay for an item and when the clerk opened the register, the suspect pulled a knife and demanded cash. On May 13, there was a similar crime at women’s clothing store Londo Mondo just one block from The Blues […]

  • Tampa Bay trying to shut out Blackhawks fans, gear

    CHICAGO — Once again, another team is trying to shut out the Blackhawks. Just like the Nashville Predators, the Tampa Bay Lightning has restricted ticket sales through Ticketmaster to only people living in Florida. They also say no Blackhawks gear is allowed in some areas of the arena. The team has used the restrictions throughout the playoffs to boost the home ice advantage. This isn’t the Hawks’ first rodeo, as we know. This is the third time in six years […]

  • 4-year-old struck in head by bullet alert, talking

    CHICAGO — A 4-year-old girl who nearly lost her life to gun violence remains in the hospital but is improving. Doctors say Jacele Johnson overcame incredible odds and won her fight for life after she was shot in the head last week. Jacele is alert, talking and complaining about the hospital food. She wants to go back home to Minneapolis and the Mall of America. Just five days ago, Jacele was at a prom/graduation gathering in Englewood when someone pulled […]

  • Grandfather of boy mauled to death by dog: ‘I just don’t have the words’

    CHICAGO —  The grandfather of a boy who was mauled to death by a dog on the South Side overnight said he was heartbroken over the stunning loss, and now, the family is seeking justice. The 5-year-old boy was killed at about 9:30 p.m. Monday near 89th and Carpenter in the Brainerd neighborhood, where he was visiting. “I just don’t have the words for losing my grandson,” said James Nevils, grandfather of James W. Nevils III. Witnesses at the scene said the […]

  • Protesters rally for increase in minimum wage

    OAK BROOK, Ill. —   Protesters rallied outside McDonald’s Oak Brook headquarters today and pushed for a $15 dollar minimum wage for fast food workers. They came from all over the country to fight for the raise the wage $7 to $8 dollar more than many of their city’s minimum wages. McDonald’s is a company in dire need of help.  Its sales have declined for six straight quarters.  It’s shutting 700 stores worldwide and making healthy changes to its menu to […]


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