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
  • Northwestern doctor honored for cancer research, treatment

    CHICAGO — A Northwestern oncologist and hematologist was honored Wednesday for his efforts in cancer research and treatment. At the request of firefighters Patrick Jessee and Lt. Michael Schubert, the Chicago city council passed a resolution to honor Dr. Leo Gordon for his work. “Because of you, countless patients will get to spend this holiday season with their families,” Ashley Bloom, with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said. Dr. Gordon treated Jessee for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2011 and Schubert for Hodgkins Lymphoma […]

  • Teen arrested after threatening to shoot up Wauconda school on Snapchat

    WAUCONDA, Ill. — A teenager faces charges after posting a video on Snapchat threatening to shoot up a suburban high school. Karston Goodson, 18, was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Wauconda. Police said he threatened to shoot up Wauconda high, saying, “I will show you what a school shooter is.” They said the video was sent to 40 other students during school hours. Wauconda High School administrators say many of those other students did the right thing by […]

  • 2 violent robberies near Columbia College, Roosevelt University spark campus safety alerts

    CHICAGO — Two violent robberies happened just blocks and days apart in the Loop sparking campus safety alerts to go into effect at Columbia College and Roosevelt University. One of the robberies happened on November 9 near Michigan and Balbo. A mob of seven teenagers attacked two female victims. The other robbery took place on Sunday night near Michigan and Congress. A large group of teenagers wearing sweatshirts and dark colored hoodies targeted two 18-year-old women and a 20-year-old man. […]

  • Police searching for missing Pilsen chef

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for a 25-year-old Pilsen chef who never made it to a fundraiser he put together. An email from family members sent to WGN said Luis Mercader was planning a benefit for victims of Hurricane Maria set for Thursday, Nov. 9, but he never made it there. They said his backpack was found at Urbanbelly, where people saw him last Thursday, a day after police said he was last seen. When he didn’t show up at […]

  • Newborn infant left in Safe Haven Box at Indiana fire department

    LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. — It was a big fight for the Coolspring Township Fire Department to get a Safe Haven Baby Box.  Many officials were against it, but on Tuesday night, they proved why it was needed when a baby was dropped off there for the first time. The boxes are equipped with alarms that notify local officials when a baby is placed inside. They are designed to be a warm and secure environment until officials arrive. Around 10:30 […]

  • 2 men in a truck chase down Texas church shooter: ‘Let’s go’

    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero Monday, along with the pickup truck driver who helped chase the killer down. Stephen Willeford, 55, said he was at his Sutherland Springs home Sunday when his daughter alerted him that she’d heard gunfire at the First Baptist Church nearby. […]

  • Local churches consider security measures after deadly Texas shooting

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — As the investigation into Sunday’s mass church shooting in Texas unfolds, congregations of many faiths are looking into their own security measures. Security experts say it’s not a moment too soon. Security experts tell WGN that churches need to be realistic and aware that active shooter situations can occur in their houses of worship as well. Churches are welcoming communities, and when people attend services, they’re not thinking about someone attacking their congregation. “It’s a matter of […]

  • Legislative activist claims Illinois senator harassed her

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — A crime-victims advocate told an Illinois House committee Tuesday that a powerful state senator sexually harassed her last year as they were working together on legislation, causing her so much mental anguish that she dropped 20 pounds and lost her hair. Denise Rotheimer, who’s running for a House seat in 2018, told the Personnel and Pensions Committee that Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein, the Senate’s Majority Caucus Chair, sent her unwanted social media messages, called her late at […]

  • Community leaders looking ahead to Obama Summit

    CHICAGO —    The Obama Foundation is hosting a two-day summit in Chicago starting tomorrow. In addition to seeing the former president and first lady, those attending will hear from Prince Harry. The foundation is hosting the summit for “young leaders to come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world.” For Pastor Torrey Barrett of Chicago’s Kleo Center, attending this summit is a once in a […]

  • Judge lifts restraining order against Palatine District 15 strike

    PALATINE, Ill. — Now that a restraining order has been lifted, nurses and special needs school aides have rejoined other striking support staff on the picket line in Palatine School District 15. The strike started October 16, and negotiations aren’t set to resume for a few days. The dispute has some parents keeping their kids home. Another negotiating session was moved up from Sunday to Friday morning. That’s good news to some parents who don’t feel safe sending their special needs kids […]