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
  • Chicago-area coronavirus patient in good condition, Hoffman Estates hospital staff reports

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.  — A Chicago-area woman is in good condition after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, Illinois health officials said Friday. The woman is the second U.S. patient to be diagnosed with dangerous new virus from China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The woman, who is in her 60s, came in through O’Hare International Airport from China on Jan. 13 after spending about two weeks in the Wuhan area. Officials said she arrived to Chicago without […]

  • How to protect yourself against deadly coronavirus

    What started as a mystery virus last month in Wuhan, China, has now killed at least 17 people and infected hundreds more around the world. In the US, the first case of Wuhan coronavirus was confirmed Tuesday in Washington state — a man in his 30s who is under observation — stoking fears of an outbreak in this country. So what are officials doing in the US, and how can you minimize your risk? What airports are doing Passengers from Wuhan to the […]

  • After hiatus last year, thousands participate in 2020 Women’s March Chicago

    CHICAGO — After taking a planned year off, women were out en force Saturday for the 2020 Women’s March. Thousands attended the downtown march this a focus on five issues; 2020 Census, gun violence prevention, climate justice, health care access and voting. Cynthia Ruhaak has participated in the Women’s March since 1980. 40 years later, she says she’s still fighting for equal rights. “Probably fighting for more because we had a more honest government in 1980 than we have now,” […]

  • Martin Luther King Jr. honored at events around Chicago

    CHICAGO — Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was honored Friday at events around the city. Chicago Public School students celebrated Dr. King during an oratory competition at the Palmer House. Fourth and fifth graders shared what they believed the late civil rights leader’s vision would be for America in 2020. It was part of the annual Foley & Lardner MLK Jr.  Oratory Competition, which has been held in Houston or Dallas for the past 30 years. This year, […]

  • Lakeshore Flood Warning strands vehicles, causes damage Saturday

    CHICAGO — A Lakeshore Flood Warning has caused numerous reports of damage and stranded vehicles as the city deals with its first major winter storm this season. At 72nd Place, where the street ends at the lake, windows along homes have reportedly been blown out because of waves and debris. “The street in front of our driveway completely collapsed,” resident Cathy Mican said. Streets are buckled with parts of concrete missing. As water moved up to the doors on vehicles […]

  • Full power is expected to return to Puerto Rico this weekend after earthquake

    The process of determining the damage left behind after an earthquake shook Puerto Rico earlier this week is underway, even as parts of the island remain without power and it remains under threat of more tremors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is making aid available and assisting with damage assessment after the 6.4 magnitude quake rocked the island before dawn on Tuesday. It was one of about 500 earthquakes of magnitude 2 or greater that have rattled the area since […]

  • Child dies in Chicago’s first pediatric flu-related death of season

    CHICAGO — Chicago health officials have reported the first child flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season. It’s also the first pediatric flu-related death in the state. No other information was released on the case due to patient privacy. Health officials said nationwide there has been a higher number of pediatric deaths earlier in the season compared to previous years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.4 […]

  • Police step up patrols after string of similar robberies in Streeterville

    CHICAGO — Police are stepping up activity in the Streeterville neighborhood, adding undercover officers and bike patrols,  after a series of similar robberies took place in the area over the past two weeks. The latest incident happened around 9 p.m. Monday, when a group of three men approached three women in their early 20s as they walked on the 200 block of East Chestnut. Police said the men attempted to take their personal property, and one of the women was […]

  • CPS students left outside building after after-school program canceled during CPS makeup days

    CHICAGO — Chicago students who attended a makeup day Thursday due to the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike were dropped off at an after-school program that wasn’t open and left there. One mother spoke with WGN about the incident that has her outraged. This week there were two makeup days for students because of the strike. One mother, Angela Rathers, said she took her 10-year-old daughter to work Friday because on Thursday she was dropped off at an after-school program […]

  • With no standard way to test drivers for THC, suburban cops test an option

    CAROL STREAM, Ill. — Despite knowing recreational pot was becoming legal this year, police departments across the state do not yet have a roadside test similar to a breathalyzer that can check for THC in someone’s system. Currently, the only sanctioned way for police to check if someone is under the influence of pot is to take blood and urine, send it to a lab at UIC and wait up to six months to get results. But the Carol Stream […]

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