CHICAGO AREA SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND EARLY DISMISSALS

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
  • 2 men injured after Woodlawn shooting

    CHICAGO — Two people were shot in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood Tuesday morning outside of a cellphone store. Police said an offender, wearing a black hoodie and short red pants, approached two people near 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and started shooting. A 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and elbow. He was hospitalized in serious condition. An 18-year-old was shot in the right hand and thigh. He was taken to the hospital where he was stabilized. Residents […]

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    MLK honored with service, celebrations across Chicago area

    CHICAGO — People across Illinois are honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects, meals and celebrations. Monday’s holiday recognizes the civil rights leader, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929. Illinois in 1973 was the first state to declare his birthday a holiday. Serve Illinois, the state’s commission on volunteerism, encouraged residents to “make it a day on, not a day off.” In Chicago, the Obama Foundation is teaming with a youth volunteer organization to prepare lunch for young […]

  • Snow doesn’t deter shoppers at this Elmhurst jewelry store

    ELMHURST, Ill. — People were shoveling their driveways and hunkering down in suburban Elmhurst on Saturday. But for some shoppers, no amount of snow could keep them home. Staff at Cottage Hill Diamonds, 125 N. York St., said there was a line outside when the shop opened at 10 a.m. The store was busy all day, despite the wintry weather. WGN’s Marcella Raymond has more.

  • Teen missing in Lake Michigan after falling off Waukegan pier

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The search for a teen who fell into Lake Michigan will resume Saturday. Dive teams searched the lake for nearly 90 minutes before the weather forced them to stop. Officials said three teens were walking along a pier in Waukegan around 4:30 p.m. Friday when one slipped and fell into the water.  A second teen jumped in in an attempt to save him. One of the teens called 911. A Waukegan police officer was able to save […]

  • Former head of Maryville Academy faces sexual abuse allegations

    CHICAGO — A popular local Catholic priest has stepped down from ministry after being accused of sexual abuse of minors. Retired priest Fr. John P. Smyth most recently served as president of Notre Dame College Prep, but the allegations pertain to 2002-2003, while Smyth was assigned to Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Smyth served Maryville as assistant superintendent from 1962-1970, and then as superintendent from from 1970-2003. He was president at Notre Dame from 2007-2014. “In keeping with our child protection […]

  • Police investigating after video shows woman dragging 5-year-old by his hair at Aurora hospital

    **WARNING: Video may be disturbing to watch. AURORA, Ill. — Police are investigating after a video was posted on social media of a woman dragging a young boy by his hair across the floor of a suburban hospital. The Aurora Police Department posted on Facebook Tuesday saying they were investigating a possible case of child abuse that occurred inside the emergency room of the Rush Copley Medical Center in the 2000 block of Ogden Avenue around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Police […]

  • Illinois man receives posthumous clemency in stabbing case

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — Just days before he left office, former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing. The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois in Springfield said Tuesday that Grover Thompson received the first posthumous exoneration in state history and the 21st nationwide, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Rauner granted Thompson executive clemency Friday, Illinois Prisoner Review Board spokesman Jason Sweat […]

  • State trooper struck, killed while responding to crash on I-294

    NORTHBROOK, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was killed Saturday while responding to a three-car crash on I-294 in Northbrook, police said. Trooper Christopher Lambert was on his way home at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday when he responded to a crash on the left shoulder of I-294 NB near Willow Road, according to Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz. Lambert was out of his car when a vehicle on the highway failed to stop — hitting Lambert and throwing him […]

  • Marshalls closing 2 South Side locations

    CHICAGO — Marshalls announced plans to close two stores on the city’s South Side. With Target closing next month at the Marshfield Plaza, and now Marshalls closing, shoppers are worried about what’s going to happen next. A Marshalls spokesperson said the Marshalls in Morgan Park at 11620 S. Marshfield Ave. and another at 1422 W. 47th St. will close within the week. The spokesperson thanked employees and shoppers but gave no specific reason about why the stores are closing. The spokesperson […]

  • Sen. Duckworth warns of lines at O’Hare, security risks if shutdown continues

    CHICAGO and WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown has gone on long enough that Senator Tammy Duckworth says she’s concerned national security is at risk in the U.S. “I’m very concerned about security,” Sen. Duckworth said Monday during a visit to O’Hare Airport in Chicago. “Many TSA agents are calling off sick in order to work other jobs because they have to put food on the table, meet rent all of that.” Over the weekend, the federal agency tasked with guaranteeing […]