Marcella Raymond
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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
  • Some Chicago police officers to begin using body cameras in pilot program

    CHICAGO — Cameras on cops arrive in Chicago Wednesday, thanks to a pilot program announced by the mayor Tuesday. At a South Side community center that serves at risk-youth, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was introduced by Cleopatra Pendleton, mother of Hadiya, the teenager shot to death two years ago. The mayor laid out his plan to bring safety and security to all Chicago neighborhoods. Two new points are to graduate 350 new police recruits this year, and to begin a pilot […]

  • Families who donated bodies shocked by recent FBI raids

    ELK GROVE, Ill. — This week brought a horror story for two women whose husbands were trying to do something decent. Now they’re left with a lot of questions that they may never get answered. Linda Hayes and Cathy Senderak are sisters-in-law. Linda’s husband and Cathy’s brother, Tom, died in September of 2013. “The last image that I have of him, is being taken away in a body bag from the nursing home . . . I’m wondering where they […]

  • Bond denied for man accused of killing Chicago cab driver

    Tyrese Bell, the man accused of killing a Chicago cab driver, was in court Monday when a judge ordered him to stay in jail until his trial. Meanwhile, the victim’s widow was still angry a man with six felony convictions was out on the street at the time of her husband’s death. Vivian Madu is still in shock. Her husband of nine years was gunned down last Thursday night while he was driving his cab. Ten minutes before Chinedu Madu was […]

  • Some shelters at capacity as Chicagoans seek relief from bitter cold

    CHICAGO– Some shelters are at capacity as people seek an escape from the bitter cold, but they are still making room for those who need a place to stay. Nearly 1,100 homeless people took shelter at Pacific Garden mission in the south loop overnight, getting out of the potentially deadly bitter cold. 300 of them were women and children. Last night three teenagers, with no coats, came in for help. One boy’s toe was frozen to his shoe. Phil Kwiatkowski, […]

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    Off-duty Rosemont cop involved in domestic-related shooting that kills 1

    Rosemont, Ill. — A 31-year-old man was killed Wednesday in a shooting that is believed to be domestic-related. According to a statement by Rosemont authorities, a four-year veteran of the Rosemont public safety department was involved. He is believed to have been off duty at the time. The shooting happened in the 6200 block of south Scott Street and is believed to be domestic related, according to the statement. A male subject, 31-year-old Joseph Caffarello, was transported to Lutheran General […]

  • Outgoing Gov. Quinn has emotional look back on career

    After six years as governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn is taking his bow without regret. It hasn’t been easy for Quinn. He took over the reigns of governor in 2009 when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and eventually carted off to prison. He considered navigating those rough waters over questions of ethics and fiscal responsibility his biggest accomplishment, saying he always prided himself on being a stand-up guy — and basing all his decisions on fairness. “When it comes to children, […]

  • 2 Chicago schools battle heat problems; 1 school closed today for maintenance

    Heat problems were reported at two Chicago schools – and one of them will be closed today as crews work to fix the problem. Monday was the first day back to school for CPS students after the winter break and heating problems are being reported at two schools. Due to heating issues, classes are canceled Tuesday at Intrinsic Charter School on the city’s Northwest Side. One of three heating units malfunctioned in the school building. Erica Hill has 3 sons attending […]

  • Police hand out toys, not tickets, in suburb

    Police usually carry badges and give out tickets. But today in a Chicago suburb, a group of Santa-minded officers are carrying goody bags and giving out gifts to needy families. 300 to 400 gifts were handed out, either in a surprise traffic stop or to families at home. 30 families were identified through schools or social services get a visit from Police Officer Santa and his elves and a sleigh full of presents for good girls and boys. These families have […]

  • Former Chicago Alderman Bernard Stone dies

    Longtime Chicago alderman of the 50th Ward, Bernard “Bernie” Stone has died at the age of 87. His family tells WGN he died early Monday morning in Skokie North Shore Hospital after complications from a fall that occurred on Saturday. He was first elected to the Chicago City Council in 1973 under former Mayor Richard J. Daley.  Stone is the second longest-serving alderman after Edward Burke. He served nearly four decades in office. In 2011, Stone lost his seat to Ald. Debra […]

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    Dogs and cats may be homeless after suburban animal shelter receives eviction notice

    A south suburban animal shelter received an eviction notice last week leaving several cats and dogs without a place to go. Cache Creek Animal Rescue will be evicted January 10 from their Joliet location at 20654 Burl Ct. The owner of the building wants them out. All the animals are rescued from high-kill shelters in southern Illinois and Kentucky.  Cache Creek is a no-kill shelter. It houses anywhere from 30 to 45 cats and dogs at a time. Pet owners and shelter […]


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