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
  • Robbers posing as utility workers target elderly homeowners

    CHICAGO — Police issued a warning to people living on the South and Southwest Sides: robbers posing as utility workers are talking their way into homes, targeting elderly homeowners in particular. One victim told WGN News a man came to her house near 31st and Halsted, and said he was a plumber working down the street. He told her there was an emergency and he needed to get inside to check her pipes. As that suspect distracted her, others entered the […]

  • One year after suburban father gunned down in school parking lot, family seeks answers

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Friends and family are hoping to reignite the trail in Naperville’s first cold case murder in two decades. Saturday is the one year anniversary of the day 37-year-old Matthew Lange was murdered in a school parking lot. It was about 7 p.m. and Lange was picking up his son who was in an after school program run by a Polish school. The school rents space at Scullen Middle School in Naperville. Lange was shot several times while […]

  • Man sentenced to 80 years for ‘ 85 murder, assault of suburban teen

    GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — The family of a suburban teen who was raped and murdered more than 30 years ago finally got justice today. Last week, Michael Jones pleaded guilty to murdering Kristy Wesselman in 1985. She was just 15 at the time. Today, Jones was sentenced to 80 years in prison. In a victim impact statement today, Wesselman’s mother described the teenager as vibrant, spirited, gifted and amazing. Sandy Sesselman recalled the wonderful things about her daughter’s life before […]

  • Archdiocese to close 5 Chicago area Catholic schools

    CHICAGO – The Archdiocese of Chicago said it will close five schools at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. The deadline for making the five schools financially solvent was Monday. Four of the schools closing are in the suburbs and one of them is in the city. The five schools closing in June are St. Cyprian School in River Grove, Holy Cross School in Deerfield, Incarnation School in Palos Heights, St. Michael School in Chicago and Our Lady of the […]

  • 2nd O’Hare measles case unrelated to first, officials say

    CHICAGO – State health officials have reported a second case of measles at O’Hare International Airport. Officials said it was a passenger on a flight who arrived at the international terminal last week. The case is not related to the first case which was reported three days ago. The two patients contracted the disease somewhere else and then flew into O’Hare, officials said. State health officials said there is not a measles outbreak at the airport. Infectious disease experts are […]

  • Suburban man carjacked at gunpoint while cleaning snow off car

    OAK PARK, Ill. — A suburban man was carjacked Tuesday morning while he was cleaning snow off his girlfriend’s car. According to police, the man was cleaning snow off the 2017 Hyundai Tuscon while it was warming up on Pleasant Street in Oak Park, Ill., around 8 a.m. on Tuesday. He was getting ready to take his daughter to school. The victim heard a car door shut and looked up to see a man with a hood drawn and wearing […]

  • Trump fires back, says Durbin ‘misrepresented’ remarks

    President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin “totally misrepresented” comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa. “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,” Trump tweeted. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t […]

  • Family sues suburban district over 5th grader’s medical marijuana

    HANOVER PARK, Ill. — A suburban school district banned a 5th grader from taking medical marijuana at her school. Her parents say it treats the epilepsy she developed after undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. Now the family is taking the school district to court. The 5th grader at Hanover Highlands Elementary in Hanover Park is not named in the lawsuit. Over several months, she received extensive chemotherapy to treat leukemia.  Now she’s in remission but, as a result, suffers from epilepsy […]

  • Son fatally shoots father in Hoffman Estates

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – A man is in custody after fatally shooting his father in the northwest suburbs. Wally Tarasiuk, 57, was shot in the head Wednesday morning. Hoffman Estates police and fire crews were called to 940 Ash Road around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. According to the dispatch channel, Tarasiuk’s son, a man in his 20s, said his father was going to shoot him so he shot him first. Neighbors said the father was divorced and lived in the […]

  • Police investigating death in Downers Grove

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Police said they were conducting a death investigation in unincorporated Downers Grove, Ill., Tuesday evening. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office said they were conducting the investigation in the 2100 block of 63rd Street. Officials said detectives are waiting for a search warrant to be approved so they can gather evidence. Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, neighbors said they saw a man run into traffic. They said it was a frightening scene. At one point they said he […]