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
  • Air travel still snarled hours after fire at FAA facility

    Disruptions in air travel will continue into Saturday after a fire in a FAA facility broke out Friday morning. Nearly 1600 flights were cancelled Friday. Many airlines also had to cancel flights Saturday. The madness began around 6 a.m. when a temporary ground stop was issued by the FAA because of a fire at its air traffic control center in Aurora. Aurora officials confirm that the fire was deliberately started by a male employee, and this was not an act […]

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    Source: FAA facility employee that started fire was upset over transfer to Hawaii

    The man authorities say is responsible for a fire at an FAA facility is recovering in an Aurora hospital. Police say the 36-year-old man is from Naperville. An ATF source tells WGN-TV that the man was a disgruntled employee who was upset because he was being transferred to Hawaii. According to our ATF source, he went down to the transmission lines in the basement and wrapped them in rags and soaked the rags in gasoline. He started cutting the lines […]

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    Police continue search for man in connection to domestic dispute in Lake Villa

    Round Lake Beach police are looking for a man in connection with a domestic dispute that forced several schools to lockdown. Daniel Acevedo is wanted for hitting his girlfriend Thursday afternoon. He ran, triggering a manhunt in Round Lake Beach and Lake Villa. Officers from several departments and the county searched Grant Woods and surrounding neighborhoods for the suspect. Thompson Elementary School, Martin Elementary, Palombi Middle School, Prince of Peace and Pleviak School were placed on soft-lockdown. Police are still […]

  • O’Hare terminal evacuated after suspicious package

    Passengers traveling in and out of O’Hare Airport Wednesday morning were evacuated from Terminal 1 while authorities investigated a suspicious package. A bag was left unattended at the north end of the terminal at departures. A police dog, trained to detect explosives, sat on it, indicating something was wrong. Chicago police and bomb experts from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications rushed to the scene and evacuated the terminal while further investigating. For two hours passengers and airport personnel […]

  • Trial for second suspect in gruesome double murder begins

    The trial of a second suspect in a gruesome double murder in Joliet began Tuesday. 26-year-old Joshua Miner is accused of strangling Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins at a home in January of 2013. No one is allowed to sit in the first row behind Miner, per instructed by the Will County sheriff. Miner is a bare knuckle fighter with experience in choke holds and he’s not shackled. This afternoon a video from the crime scene was played for Judge […]

  • Seminary student charged, accused of soliciting minor for sex

    A 22-year-old student at a Lake County Seminary College has been charged with indecent solicitation of a child. Lake County sheriff’s police arrested Dario Spasic, a seminary student at St. Sava Serbian orthodox monastery in Libertyville. Police say Spasic agreed to meet a 14-year-old boy allegedly for sex. Sheriff’s police say Spasic was using his cell phone and contacting the underage boy through a social media app. They say he thought he was communicating with a teenager but was actually […]

  • Vandals paint cars, homes with racist graffiti on South Side

    Residents in a far South Side neighborhood woke up Sunday morning to find racist graffiti painted on homes and vehicles. Overnight Saturday, someone or several people spray painted racial slurs on cars and houses in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The slurs were painted on several cars, garages, and the side of a home in the mostly African-American neighborhood. WGN counted at least six incidents over several streets in the 10000 and 11000 blocks of Esmond, Hermosa, and Prospect streets in […]

  • Local firefighters stranded by hurricane in Mexico finally back home

    Sixteen Hoffman Estates firefighters and their families, 50 people total, are finally home after a trip to Mexico went terribly wrong. Since Sunday, they had been stranded in Cabo San Lucas after Hurricane Odile hit. Food and water was running out, there was no electricity and looters gaining on their oceanfront resort. They said the Mexican government had come and gone, and they didn’t know who they could trust. They snuck out at 5 a.m. Thursday, careful not to wake other guests […]

  • NFL criticized for handling of Brandon Marshall allegations

    The NFL is under increasing fire for its handling of domestic violence cases, and now: abuse allegations are resurfacing against Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The father of one of Marshall’s ex-girlfriends stepped forward to complain. A teary-eyed Kristeena Spivey says she saw her friend Reesheda Watley’s injuries after being repeatedly beaten by Marshall. Marshall is the latest in a string of NFL players to be accused of domestic violence — although these aren’t new allegations. A 2009 knife incident led to Marshall […]

  • Neighborhood comes to aid of sick man evicted from home

    A mattress, box spring and head board is all that’s left in the alley between Lakewood and Wayne in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  But last Thursday it didn’t look like this. Jermell “Jay” Deshazor’s stuff was all piled up in the alleyway. He had been kicked out of his apartment. “I watched him get evicted. And it was a sad sight to see anyways, but I figured somebody would be here to pick him up. And sure enough by Thursday night, when my husband came […]

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