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.

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    FBI warns of Illinois election-system hacks

    The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers breached related data systems in two states including Illinois. The warning comes after hackers broke into Illinois’ election database. U.S. intelligence officials are concerned foreign hackers might try to disrupt the November elections. Officials say the personal information from fewer than 200,000 voters who registered online was hacked in June and didn’t stop for a month. The state Board of Elections general counsel […]

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    Officials say fire that killed 3 girls, 1 man was arson

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are questioning a person of interest after a fire killed four people, including three young sisters, Tuesday morning. Officials say the fire at the apartment complex in the city’s  South Chicago neighborhood was set in two places and left residents no way out but their windows. Firefighters arrived at the apartment complex at 81st and Essex within four minutes of the first call but the fire may have been smoldering for a while because they immediately […]

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    Fire kills 4 people, including 3 young sisters; police question person of interest

    CHICAGO — Police are questioning a person of interest in connection with a fire that killed four people, including three young sisters. The fire started early Tuesday morning in an apartment building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood. A 36-year-old father jumped from a third-story window with his infant daughter in his arms. 3-month old Mellanie Watson later died at the hospital.  Her father is in critical condition. The girl’s sisters, Madison Watson, 4, […]

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    Funerals held for murdered Sycamore mother, son; $11K reward offered in case

    SYCAMORE, Ill. — Funeral services were held today in Sycamore for a murdered mother and son, as DeKalb County police continue to look for leads in the double homicide that has shaken the small tight-knit community. Hundreds have come to Saint John’s Lutheran Church to mourn Patricia Wilson, 85, and her son, Robert Wilson, 64. Patricia Wilson was very active at the church. Last week the mother and son were found murdered in Patricia wilson’s home on Old State Road, east […]

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    1-year-old boy shot in the head while inside home in Riverdale

    RIVERDALE, Ill. — A one-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the head while inside a suburban apartment Thursday morning. Cell phone video appears to show a police officer and a paramedic rushing the baby into an ambulance. “It’s just hard to see a baby get shot in the head.  It’s crazy,” said neighbor Michelle Baker. Riverdale police aren’t saying much, but neighbors say there were four children home at the time.  Their mom had just started school. The […]

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    Standoff ends peacefully in Rogers Park

    ROGERS PARK – Hours after it started, a standoff ended in Rogers Park Thursday afternoon. Chicago police responded to reports of a man throwing glass from the window of his apartment in a building near Ashland and West Farwell around 9:45 a.m. “We get out in the courtyard and the masonry workers said go back inside.  He was chucking glass out the window,” neighbor Scott Anderson said. Neighbors said the man has been acting erratically for at least a month […]

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    Empowering female students against the dangers of campus assaults

    As your daughters go off to college, with their new comforter, towels and coffee pot, make sure they’re not forgetting the most important thing: Their safety. The first semester of college is when freshman women are at the most risk for sexual assault. 1 in 6 college freshman is sexually assaulted on campus. 15% are raped while incapacitated. But, if they’re smart and prepared, they don’t have to become a victim. Dr. Susan Scanlon is a gynecologist and the creator […]

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    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on weekend violence: ‘I’m sick of it’

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s top cop addressed the violence that once again gripped parts of the city this weekend. More than 50 people have been shot since Friday, including a 6-year-old girl. Another five people were killed. Among them, the teenage son of a Chicago police officer, and a 23-year-old Army veteran. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed frustration Monday with the violence that’s marked most weekends this summer. “At the end of every weekend, I review the details of the violence that […]

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    6-year-old girl wounded in shooting recovering after surgery

    CHICAGO – A young girl continues to improve in the hospital after she was wounded in a shooting Thursday. 6-year-old Zariah Muhammad is in fair condition. Her mother says she is acting like a typical little girl after her surgery to remove bullet fragments from her skull. “She’s great,” said her mother, Gloria Strong Muhammad. “She’s on the ipad. (She has) all sorts of toys and balloons so she’s at her best.” On the other hand, this family is also […]

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    Thieves steal Chicago woman’s van with precious artwork inside

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are on the lookout for a stolen Chrysler minivan but it’s what’s inside that matters most to the owner. Victoria Fuller, an artist in Bucktown, had her minivan stolen last week some time between 3:30 p.m. Sunday and 2p.m. Tuesday from her garage. To make matters worse, inside was a one of a kind sculpture she made that looks like a coiled rope and ends in a snake’s head. The sculpture is worth about 4500 dollars […]