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
  • From South Side to North Side, Chicago celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

    CHICAGO — St. Patrick’s Day has arrived in Chicago! The South Side Irish Parade stepped off at noon at Western Avenue and 103rd Street in the Beverly neighborhood. The parade is one of the biggest in the city — drawing thousands of spectators each year. Generations of families line the streets of Beverly every March to watch Irish dancers and listen to bagpipes. Also at noon was the Northwest Side Irish Parade. The parade started at Neola Avenue and Northwest […]

  • Local mosques step up security after New Zealand terror attacks

    CHICAGO — Chicago-area mosques and community centers are stepping up security in the wake of mass shootings that left 49 dead and scores wounded at New Zealand mosques. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said suspects in Friday’s terrorist attacks have “extremist views” that have no place in the country or the world. While officials said there is no immediate threat in the U.S., local Muslim communities are taking precautions. The Muslim Community Center in Morton Grove has hired extra […]

  • Due date near for missing pregnant postal worker; community continues to hold out hope

    CHICAGO—It’s been more than five months since a pregnant postal worker Kierra Coles went missing. She is pregnant with a son. Her due date is April 23. Family, coworkers and community members gathered in Bronzeville Thursday in hopes of renewing the effort to try to keep the case in the public eye. The last time Coles, 26, was seen was October 2. She was leaving her South Side apartment for work, dressed in her postal uniform. Surveillance video shows her […]

  • Activists, family members ask for help finding person who fatally shot 18-year-old

    CHICAGO — The Rev. Michael Pfleger and Andrew Holmes held a press conference to help find the person responsible for the fatal shooting of a Chicago high school student. Dareyona Smith, 18, and a 23-year-old man were shot on the 7900 block of South Paulina Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Smith, a senior at Ralph Ellison High School, was fatally shot in the chest after she got off a CTA bus. The 23-year-old was shot in the foot. Chicago […]

  • DePaul Dax Program helping students facing homelessness

    CHICAGO — It’s a problem not many people know about  — college students who don’t have enough money to pay for food or housing. With the rising cost of tuition, sometimes there’s nothing left for their basic needs. This issue even impacts college students in Chicago. Every quarter, at least 50 DePaul University students don’t have a place to live and even more don’t have enough food to eat.  Scholarships and aid help them pay for tuition, but they can’t […]

  • Boeing jet under scrutiny after Ethiopia crash

    HEJERE, Ethiopia and CHICAGO— Airlines in Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and elsewhere grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner Monday after the second devastating crash of one of the planes in five months. But Boeing said it had no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies. As the East African country mourned the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that went down in clear weather shortly after takeoff Sunday, investigators found the jetliner’s two flight recorders at the crash site […]

  • Preckwinkle, Lightfoot campaign at Rainbow PUSH event on South Side

    CHICAGO — In just over three weeks, Chicago voters will head to the polls for the April 2 mayoral run-off election. For candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, it’s a non-stop race for the city’s top job. The winner will become the first black female mayor of Chicago. Both women campaigned at a Rainbow PUSH Coalition forum Saturday in Kenwood. Preckwinkle, who is currently the Cook County Board president and was once a 4th Ward alderman, is campaigning heavily on […]

  • Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts by grand jury

    CHICAGO — A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Prosecutors on Feb. 20 charged Smollett with a single count of disorderly conduct for filing a false report claiming two men attacked him downtown Jan. 29. Smollett, who is black and gay, said the men shouted racist and homophobic slurs while punching him, kicking him and putting a noose around his neck. Prosecutors said Smollett staged the attack. Police alleged the actor was […]

  • Suspect could face death penalty in fatal shooting of deputy

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — A man suspected of fatally shooting a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with first-degree murder. Deputy Jacob Keltner, 35, was shot Thursday as he worked with a task force to serve an arrest warrant at Extended Stay Hotel in Rockford.  Keltner was a deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Authorities had issued the warrant against Floyd E. Brown, 39,  for burglary and parole violation charges. Sources said  Keltner was covering the outside perimeter of […]

  • Bullet shot through window, into house party kills woman weeks before her 23rd birthday

    CHICAGO — A 22-year-old woman was killed when a bullet flew through the window of an Englewood home and struck her in the head, just three weeks before her 23rd birthday. Police said Jasmine Reese arrived with her boyfriend at a house party on the 7200 block of South May Street around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, and just minutes later, a bullet fired from outside the house broke through the window and hit her in the temple. Stephanie Seaton, Reese’s mother, […]

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