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
  • PAWS Chicago expanding to Englewood

    CHICAGO — PAWS Chicago is expanding to the city’s Englewood neighborhood. The city’s largest “no kill” humane organization held its grand opening on Thursday at 65th and Peoria streets. The PAWS Chicago Englewood Outreach Center is located inside St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. The center will give low-income residents access to veterinary care. The new facility will offer, among other things, spay and neuter events, veterinary exams and medical care, a pet food pantry and vaccine clinics. PAWS calls Englewood a […]

  • Some northern suburbs still underwater as Des Plaines River levels fall

    GURNEE, Ill. —While the rains may have stopped, many communities in the northern suburbs are still dealing with flood problems Tuesday. After cresting at 10.5′ on Monday, the National Weather Service says water levels in the Des Plaines River will continue to drop, falling below flood stage by Friday afternoon. It’s not unusual for the Des Plaines and even Fox River to reach flood stage, so for many residents this isn’t their first rodeo. Javier Herrera’s backyard has been underwater […]

  • Precautionary measures being put in place along Lake Shore Drive due to rising lake levels

    CHICAGO — Rising lake levels are eroding the lakefront and making it dangerous to drive along Lake Michigan. Precautionary measures are being put in place starting Thursday due to high lake levels at Lake Michigan. On Wednesday, the lake was calm enough to paddle board, but it hasn’t been calm for much of the year, no matter the season. This year, the lake has flirted with record water levels — 15 inches higher in the last year alone. “At O’Hare, […]

  • Judge approves $2.5M sale of Holy Trinity church amid ‘weeping’ Virgin Mary claims

    CHICAGO — A federal bankruptcy judge approved a $2.5 million sale of Chicago’s historic Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 6041 W. Diversey on Tuesday morning. The judge’s decision came as some worshippers said they witnessed an icon of the Virgin Mary “weeping” at the church. It was a custodian who first brought attention to what the faithful say is the Virgin Mary holding an infant Jesus with tears flowing down her cheek. Parishioners held out hope that the Belmont […]

  • Invasive ‘jumping worms’ find their way to Illinois, wreaking havoc on soil

    CHICAGO — An invasive species known by a variety of names — jumping worms, crazy worms, Alabama jumpers, snake worms — is invading the Illinois area. The jumping worms move quickly when disturbed and look like small snakes thrashing around in the soil. They’re voracious eaters, alter roots of trees and the growth of plants. There are so many in Chicago and the northeast part of the state that scientists are calling it an invasion. “They’re exotic. Not natural. Invasive […]

  • Report: Obama center would have ‘adverse effects’ on historic Jackson Park

    CHICAGO —An official review released Monday says the Obama Presidential Center would likely have an “adverse effect” on the historic design of Jackson Park. The review is taking place because Jackson Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in part because it was the site of the 1893 World’s Fair. Mayor Lightfoot addressed the joint city, state and federal report by saying officials would work to address any potentially adverse effects. “We aren’t gonna be bystanders to […]

  • Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook to stay closed until at least September

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — The embattled Sterigenics plant in suburban Willowbrook will stay closed until at least Sept. 6. That’s the ruling from a judge Thursday on a controversial tentative deal that had been reached between the state of Illinois and Sterigenics for it to reopen its doors. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office struck the deal, which would have allowed the plant to reopen after it installs new equipment to drastically reduce its emissions of a cancer-causing gas known as ethylene […]

  • Dozens of bands, brews and food purveyors on tap at Square Roots Festival

    CHICAGO — Dozens of bands, local restaurants and craft breweries filled Lincoln Square to help raise money for community centers at this weekend’s Square Roots Festival. The festival included about 70 acts on four stages, and more than 40 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and local artisans. The festival also serves as one of the big fundraisers for the Lincoln Square / Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Old Town School of Folk Music, which helps bring […]

  • Windy City Smokeout showcases delicious wings and whiskey

    CHICAGO — The Windy City Smokeout is showcasing 20 of the world’s best pit masters. The festival is located in the parking lot next to the United Center. It features some of the best country music singers around, old and new. The Knob Creek Tent is one of 20 of these pitmasters, and WGN’s Marcella Raymond got to sample their honey bourbon wings. Raymond took in the sounds, smells and tastes from this delicious fest.

  • Dramatic rise in property taxes for Cook County, Chicago’s North Side

    CHICAGO — Cook County property owners are getting their latest property tax bills and that is creating some sticker shock. Across the county, second installment 2018 property tax bills are up an average of 4% from 2017. On the North Side of Chicago, homeowners could see an 11% increase in their bill, while South Side homeowners could see a 1% increase. These taxes are due August 1. David Merriman, a professor of public administration at University of Illinois at Chicago, […]

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