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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    95% of Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike

    CHICAGO — Teachers in the nation’s third-largest public school district have overwhelmingly voted in support of a strike, though the earliest one could occur is mid-October. The Chicago Teachers Union said Monday that 95 percent of its voting members favored strike authorization. The support was expected. About 88 percent supported a strike during a similar December vote. The union, which represents over 25,000 members, needs 75 percent support and 10 days of notice before a walkout. CTU’s governing body meets […]

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    Former Illinois National Guardman, cousin sentenced in terror plot

    CHICAGO — A former Illinois National Guard soldier who pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Hasan Edmonds was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Former National Guardsman gets 30 years for plot to kill fellow soldiers. More at 5. #Wgn — marcella raymond (@MarcellaWGN) September 20, 2016 Earlier, his cousin, 30-year-old Jonas Edmonds, received a 21-year prison sentence. Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Hasan Edmonds planned to travel to the Middle East to […]

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    Attorneys for officers involved in McDonald shooting face police board

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Board held its first status hearing Monday on five officers accused of lying in the deadly  2104 police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Attorneys for Jason Van Dyke and the three officers and one sergeant accused of lying about the shooting of Laquan McDonald appeared before the board today for the first status hearing. A gag order imposed in the criminal case against Van Dyke prevented his attorney from speaking in public.  But today […]

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    Investigators suspect arson behind fast-moving strip mall fire

    CHICAGO — Bomb and arson investigators are waiting for a bulldozer to be brought in to clear out the storage area in the back of the Family Dollar store in a strip mall that caught fire Monday to see what might have started the blaze. Neighbor Unray Williams watched from his porch as Chicago firefighters took two hours to put out the flames. “We on the porch yelling ‘get out of there!’” he said. Firefighters couldn’t fight the fire from […]

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    Viral photo raises over $250K to help elderly street vendor retire

    CHICAGO — In just a few days, more than $250,000 has been raised to help a Little Village man retire. Life hasn’t been easy for him lately, but because of the kindness of strangers, he can now get some rest. For 20 years, Mr. Sanchez has been selling ice cream and popsicles in the summer and on nice winter days.  He leaves Paleteria Poncho every morning with 200 treats and pushes the 50-pound cart for as long as he can. Some […]

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    Construction of new high rise to also benefit under served communities, Emanuel says

    CHICAGO —    Ground broke Wednesday for what will one day be the third tallest building in Chicago, The Vista Tower. The dichotomy of the new 95-story historic lakefront residential high rise and the soon-to-open Whole Foods in a blighted South Side community couldn’t be more glaring.  The Vista Towers will cater to the wealthiest Chicagoans while the Whole Foods is offering residents in a food desert an opportunity to eat better. Mayor Emanuel says the  Vista Towers, created by famed architect […]

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    Man, 71, shot while watering his lawn in Marquette Park

    CHICAGO – A 71-year-old Chicago man is recovering in the hospital after he was shot while watering his lawn. Neighbors of 71-year-old Fred Laguardia say he spent many days watering his lawn and chatting with neighbors. Surveillance video show two people on bikes ride by Laguardia around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Once they got to the end of the block, the suspect turned around and approached LaGuardia. Police say they wanted his money but he refused. Laguardia was shot in the […]

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    Vigil held for slain teen on what would have been his birthday

    OAK PARK, Ill. – Friends, family and even strangers gathered in a suburban park Wednesday night to honor a teen who was shot and killed earlier this week. Today Elijah Sims would have turned 17. Monday night, he was standing on a corner in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood when he was shot in the head. Those closest to Elijah found it difficult to speak and could barely stand at the gathering. Elijah’s mother plead for help. “I wish the shooters would […]

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    FBI, Chicago police investigate new leads in 2005 murder

    CHICAGO — The FBI and Chicago police are hopeful fresh leads will help solve an 11-year old murder case. 13-year old Alexandra Anaya was reported missing from her home in Hammond, Indiana on August 13, 2005. Three days later her torso was found floating in the Little Calumet River in Chicago. It had been weighed down with chains and straps. The rest of her body was never found. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI Chicago field office at […]

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    Teen fatally shot in Chicago the day before his birthday

    CHICAGO — A teenager was shot and later died, while another teen was wounded after a shooting in the city’s South Austin neighborhood. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday while the teens were standing on a street corner at Quincy and Lotus. 16 year-old Elijah Sims was shot in the head and transported to Stroger Hospital where he later died . A 15 year-old was hit in the back, and is in stable condition. Investigators say neither victim appears to have any gang affiliation. No one […]