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
  • Fire burns for hours, damages suburban apartment complex

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. – Emergency crews remain on the scene of a massive fire at an apartment complex in Prospect Heights that  left dozens of families without a place to live. The fire broke out in a the main building at in the 800 block of Mcintosh Court around 1:20 p.m., according to the fire department. In a short period of time, aided by strong, gusting winds, the flames spread.  To two more buildings caught fire in the four-building complex. The […]

  • 4-year-old girl escapes child luring attempt by doing everything right

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for three suspects in an attempted child luring incident in which a 4-year-old girl thwarted what could have been a really horrible situation. The little girl’s mother, Rachel Holler, says she is extremely proud of her daughter Rosie. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the 4000 Block of North Plainfield Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. At about 4:15 p.m. Rachel went into the house with two of her boys for a few minutes, […]

  • Durbin calls for investigation of abuse allegations at shelter for separated children

    CHICAGO — Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) urged Heartland Alliance to investigate claims of physical and emotional abuse at Casa Guadalupe, a shelter run by the organization in Chicago, after the Washington Post detailed allegations from children who were cared for in the facility after they were separated from their parents. Among the allegations of abuse included in the story and detailed in Sen. Durbin’s letter to Heartland Alliance were a boy who said he was dragged from a soccer field, another […]

  • Protests planned for Monday after deadly Chicago police-involved shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have released body camera video of a fatal police-involved shooting as a community on the South Side demands answers. Community activists say they’re planning a major act of civil disobedience in the coming weeks, including a protest scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. near 71st St. and Jeffery. On Saturday, Chicago police shot an armed man in the city’s South Shore neighborhood, prompting angry protests from residents. Bodycam video from one of the officers shows police […]

  • At least 5 fires in Hegewisch could be linked, officials say

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a suspicious fire on the Far South Side that sent three firefighters to the hospital. Officials believe the blaze is connected to a string of recent arsons in the Hegewisch neighborhood. Saturday’s fire was set in a garage behind a vacant apartment building at 135th Street and Baltimore Avenue. The fire spread to an empty frame house next door and melted the siding off an adjacent garage. Four firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor […]

  • Days after acquittal in bar fight, Chicago cop involved in altercation at NW Side bar

    CHICAGO — Just days after he was acquitted on charges related to a bar fight, Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo was involved Friday in an altercation at a Northwest Side bar. Police said Rialmo — who fatally shot two people in 2015 — was part of a verbal dispute with two other men at Teaser’s Public House, 7123 W. Higgins Ave., about 3:40 a.m. Friday. All three were kicked out of the bar. The confrontation soon got physical when the men began […]

  • Officer under investigation for response to woman’s harassment for Puerto Rico shirt

    CHICAGO — A man caught on a now-viral video verbally harassing a Latina woman for wearing a Puerto Rico t-shirt has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct, officials said Tuesday, while a park police officer who appeared to not intervene is on desk duty pending an investigation. Video posted to social media shows 62-year-old Timothy Trybus confronting Mia Irizarry on June 14 as she was setting up a birthday party in a reserved gazebo in Caldwell Woods on the Northwest Side. […]

  • Medical helicopter pilot hailed as hero

    CHICAGO — An air ambulance pilot is being hailed as a hero for his actions before a chopper crash over the weekend. The chopper had four people, including one patient, on board when it went down near Interstate 57 Saturday around 9:15 p.m. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, radioed mayday and then managed to land in a grassy area next to the road. All four people survived the crash. Experts say the pilot made all the right moves […]

  • Chicago celebrates Fourth of July

    CHICAGO – Crowds filled Chicago’s lakefront Wednesday for the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Navy Pier reached capacity as of 8:30 p.m. ALERT: We have reached maximum capacity at Navy Pier and all public entrances to the Pier are officially CLOSED. — Navy Pier (@NavyPier) July 5, 2018 Just after 5 p.m., the Office of Emergency Management tweeted that parking lots at the pier were full. Parking lots are at capacity at Navy Pier. Those traveling to see […]

  • Michigan beaches disappearing as water levels lead to erosion

    GRAND BEACH, Mich. — Lake Michigan water levels are the highest since the 1990s and it’s wiping away some of the beaches on the lakeshore. Grand Beach has eroded so much it’s now dubbed “Rock Beach.” Vacationers say they’ve noticed the beach slowly disappearing over the last few year as water levels keep rising. Even though the water in Lake Michigan is still 14 inches lower than the record high set in 1986, homeowners are wondering when the erosion will […]