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
  • 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 […]

  • 3 more charged in murder of 15-year-old Demario Bailey

    Three more suspects have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Chicago teen over the weekend. 17- year-old Deafro Brakes, 17-year-old Isiah Penn and 16-year-old Tarik Brakes have been charged with murder in the death of 15-year-old Demario Bailey. 17-year-old Carlos Johnson was also charged earlier today.  Bail was denied for him. Just days before their 16th birthday, Bailey was shot to death in front of his twin brother during an attempted robbery near 63rd and State, Saturday afternoon. […]

  • School board lambastes member for comments on gays, lesbians

    Calling her comments a “stain on the community,” Warren Township school board members and the mayor of Gurnee want board member Liz Biondi gone, after inflammatory statements she made at a public meeting. Biondi’s comments at a Warren Township school board meeting discussing what qualities board members want to see in the new superintendent outraged everyone at the meeting. “I have very good friends who are gay and lesbian and I’m concerned that we … if we hired someone, and we […]

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    Family endures two cases of cancer, lost job, now has mortgage paid for a year

    We all know a family in need.  The family who, for one reason or another,  life continues to bombard with curve balls.  The Cooks are one such family. But today, Gradient,  a Minnesota-based financial services company, and their Gradient Gives Back Foundation, made the Cooks’ holiday dreams come true. The family can now stay in their home on Christmas Day. After financially struggling for more than two years, the Josh and Alicia and their five children will have their mortgage […]

  • Chicago alderman look to ban police chokeholds

    The Chicago City Council is taking steps to ban police chokeholds entirely. Chicago police say it is already against policy to use chokeholds, which cut off a suspect’s breathing. But aldermen say they want to send a message in the wake of the Eric Garner death that they won’t tolerate such actions here in Chicago. The proposed ordinance could go before the full city council on Wednesday.

  • Minimum wage proposal up for Chicago debate

    Four hundred thousand people in Illinois make minimum wage, or $17,000 a year. If a city council proposal passes, they’ll make nearly $21,000 by June. The Raise Chicago Coalition, which has been fighting for years to raise the minimum wage, says this increase is long overdue. “We need to face the fact that today’s minimum wage leaves working people with children in poverty,” said Alejandro Sanchez, member of the Brighton Park neighborhood council. Under Mayor Emanuel’s proposal, the city’s minimum […]

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    Another smash-and-grab robbery at clothing store in North Austin

    Another smash-and-grab crime has been reported, this time in the North Austin neighborhood. Chicago police say a pickup truck crashed through the wall of J-Bees clothing store, in the 5200 block of west North Avenue, shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday. Then 20 people rushed into the store, and helped themselves to the merchandise. The store manager tells WGN, the thieves took jeans valued at $700 per pair as well as Pelle Coats worth $600 each. He says the truck also […]

  • Family raises questions after man fatally shot by police at hospital

    24 hours after the release of surveillance video from a deadly police shooting at Highland Park hospital. the family of the man killed is speaking out. LaDonna Rhyan wasn’t there the night her boyfriend Chris Anderson was killed. “They just killed him, cold blooded murdered him. And he didn’t deserve that,” she said. She and Anderson’s family believe Highland Park police are lying to them and leaving out crucial information. Highland Park police released surveillance video from inside the NorthShore […]

  • U of C student’s Facebook page hacked, feds investigate

    The University of Chicago, federal authorities and internet providers are joining forces to find whoever is responsible for hacking a student activist’s Facebook page and posting threatening and racially insensitive messages. It started when some students criticized fellow students for dressing in Halloween costumes that perpetuated offensive stereotypes of Latinos. Vincente Perez, a 20-year-old University of Chicago student, told the RedEye he saw a student of Asian descent wearing a “cholo costume,” describing a derogatory term for Mexican-American men. Perez told him his […]


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