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 volunteers help in wake of Hurricane Florence

    Cleanup continues in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence and several Chicago-area volunteers are helping. 35 local Red Cross volunteers are trying to make life easier for those affected by the hurricane. “They’re doing everything from sheltering, feeding, planning,” Holly Baker of the Red Cross-Chicago said. “It takes a lot of people to help in recovering to a large disaster like this.” 34 people have died as a result of Hurricane Florence, 26 of them in North Carolina. Wake Forest University […]

  • Prosecutors in Van Dyke trial: ‘Not a single shot was necessary’

    CHICAGO — Nearly four years after Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times, the trial of the officer who killed him began Monday. Jason Van Dyke, 40, is the first Chicago police officer in decades to be charged with murder for an on-duty incident. A 12-person jury will decide his fate. “We’re here today because the defendant shot Laquan McDonald 16 times when it was completely unnecessary,” special prosecutor Joe McMahon said during his opening statement at the Leighton Criminal Court […]

  • Amazon Go store with no cashiers or checkout line opens in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A retail store with no cashier or checkout line is now open in Chicago. A 2,000-square-foot Amazon Go store is up and running at 113 S. Franklin Street in the Loop. It will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. According to the Chicago Tribune, customers must scan an app on their smartphone when they enter the store. Cameras and sensors track customers as they shop and add products to a virtual cart. Amazon will automatically charge […]

  • At back-to-school event, a call for peace during Laquan McDonald trial

    CHICAGO — At a back-to-school gathering on the Northwest Side, religious and community leaders called for peace should Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke be acquitted in the slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. “The family of Laquan McDonald saw his life end in violence,” Appellate Judge Nathaniel House, Jr., said. “I think his family would not want his memory tarnished by violence.” At the event at 4538 W. Fullerton Ave., the Jesse White Tumblers wowed the crowd. Kids could play […]

  • PHOTOS: Protesters gather ahead of Jason Van Dyke murder trial

    CHICAGO — Roughly 50 protesters gathered outside the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday as the jury selection process began in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial. The Chicago police officer is charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery in the October 2014 slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is currently free on bond. According to prosecutors, McDonald was stealing car radios and was armed with a 3-inch blade when Chicago police officers in Archer Heights called […]

  • DCFS investigated family involved in Little Village fire 21 times since 2004

    CHICAGO — The Department of Child and Family Services said it investigated one of the families involved in a Little Village fire, that killed 10 children, 21 times since 2004. The information from DCFS comes as the officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire, which they say is still undetermined, but not suspicious. State officials said there were not only warning signs of neglect, but deafening alarm bells. Yolanda Ayala, who lost six of her 10 children in […]

  • Marijuana now possible pain alternative to addictive opioids

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing medical marijuana to be used as a painkiller instead of highly addictive opioids. The law the Republican signed Tuesday is effective immediately. It allows physicians to temporarily prescribe cannabis for pain relief as a means to combat a growing opioid-addiction epidemic. The governor was initially a staunch critic of medical marijuana use. He said he has spoken to patients, physicians, experts and done research. “It’s clear that medical cannabis treats pain […]

  • Officials say 9th child has died after Little Village fire; arson not likely

    CHICAGO — Officials said a ninth child has died after a fire in Little Village on Sunday, as investigators try to determine a cause for the fire. The fire happened around 4 a.m. Sunday during a sleepover in a second-floor unit of a coach house in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue, where older siblings were watching over the younger ones. The children killed ranged in ages from 3 months to 16 years old. Three of the victims have been identified […]

  • Controversial cop who got confession in Hadiya Pendleton murder case testifies

    CHICAGO — In a taped confession heard in court Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton shooting suspect Micheail Ward can be heard saying he “didn’t want to” shoot the 15-year-old, but the alleged confession was later recanted. The cop credited with getting Ward to speak, Detective John Halloran, has a checkered history when it comes to confessions. He once worked under infamous commander John Burge, who was charged with torturing hundreds of suspects. He was also named in three lawsuits that cost the […]

  • Brutal home invasion leaves elderly man, woman injured

    BERWYN, Ill. – Suburban police are searching for two suspects in a brutal attack and home invasion that left two elderly people injured. Berwyn police said around 1 p.m. Friday, the two suspects used a crowbar to break into a lower lever apartment on Berwyn’s West Side where a 76-year-old man lived.  The suspects beat the man and bound his legs and wrists with duct tape and covered his mouth. Police said the suspects waited two hours until the man’s […]