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
  • Scottish Festival; Highland Games expects 10-15 thousand spectators

    ITASCA, Ill. — The 33rd annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games started on Friday and 10-15 thousand people are expected to come. The festival and games are held at Hamilton Lakes Park in Itasca. Spectators come every year to watch the dancers and strong men. One of these men is Spencer Tyler, a 5-time world record holder for five events. This year, he uses a metal ball to swing between his legs and throw it up over a bar. One […]

  • Over 150 boats race on Lake Michigan in NOOD Regatta

    CHICAGO —More than 150 sailboats launched from Monroe Harbor Sunday morning, racing for a chance to compete in a championship regatta in the Caribbean. John Schellenbach won the NOOD Regatta two years ago. “It’s challenging because the wind is always shifting,” Schellenbach said. “We prefer heavier air typically. Move faster and crew performs well in those conditions.” Like Schellenbach, 90 percent of sailors in the regatta are amateurs who love the sport and race as often as they can. The […]

  • Police searching for man caught on video in connection to 4 Lincoln Park sexual assaults

    CHICAGO — Surveillance video shows a man police are searching for in connection to four sexual assaults in Lincoln Park that happened in the past three weeks. According to a police alert that was issued, in three of the incidents, a man approached women who were walking alone and groped them. In one of the incidents, he approached a woman who was walking with a friend. After one of the assaults, the man fled on a bicycle. The attacks occurred: […]

  • Illinois Senate approves legalized sports betting, $45B state construction plan

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers have wrapped up their spring session after a whirlwind week that produced a budget, more gambling, legalized marijuana use, protections for abortion, a state construction plan and billions of dollars in tax increases to fund it. The Senate took final action Sunday on a $39.9 billion budget and a $45 billion outline for rebuilding roads, schools and other public works. It doubled the state’s gasoline tax to 38 cents per gallon. Future increases would be […]

  • Firefighters rescue contractor stuck in tree in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO — Chicago firefighters rescued a contractor who got stuck in a tree in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Sunday. The man was dangling upside down by a rope 75 feet in the air — one leg pinned between two branches — before firefighters were able to rescue him about 1 p.m. Sunday in the 5300 block of South Union Avenue. The contractor had been hired to trim a tree in a lot behind a house. The man was […]

  • Sample 50 beers at 6th annual Hyde Park Brewfest

    CHICAGO — Fifty thousand people are expected to visit the sixth annual Hyde Park Brewfest this weekend. The street festival features food and beer from more than 100 vendors, plus live music. The festival runs noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. For more information, visit

  • 2 dead, 2 in critical condition after south suburban shootings

    HARVEY, Ill. — Two people are dead from a Harvey shooting and later gun battle between occupants of two vehicles. The Chicago Tribune reports that police responded late Thursday to shots fired in Harvey and that the vehicles drove away when officers arrived. Shots were exchanged between both vehicles. A person was ejected from one of the vehicles that struck a pole. It was not immediately clear if that person died from the crash or suffered gunshot wounds. Police chased the second […]

  • International passengers bypass customs during security breach at O’Hare

    CHICAGO — Several passengers arriving on an international flight walked straight out of O’Hare, completely bypassing customs, during an apparent security breach at the airport’s international terminal Wednesday. A passenger — who did not want to be identified — told WGN he was arriving on Finnair Flight AY09 from Helsinki to Chicago Wednesday afternoon. After getting off the plane, the passenger said he walked to an exit, and followed a TSA Agent through the door leading outside. There was no […]

  • Family of slain pregnant woman pushing for newborn identification law

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The family of a murdered pregnant woman wants lawmakers to put new measures in place including DNA testing for newborns. Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was nine months pregnant when she was lured to a South Side home in April and murdered. Her son Yovani was cut from her womb. The oxygen supply was cut off for baby Yovani and caused brain damage, doctors said. When he was finally taken to Christ Hospital, the Ochoa-Lopez’s family alleges the staff […]

  • The Twelve Anchors: POW nurses’ sacrifice, service honored

    In January 1942, 11 Naval nurses and one Filipino nurse were taken prisoner by the Japanese. They spent nearly three years as POW’s in concentration camps where they continued to nurse the sick and injured. They were never formally recognized by the U.S. government as heroes. But to the men they cared for, their service will never be forgotten. The nurses became to be known as the 12 Anchors. Their selfless service never stopped. All of the nurses received the […]

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