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
  • ‘She loved life’: Doctor killed in Mercy Hospital shooting remembered as fun go-getter

    LA PORTE, Ind. — The doctor murdered by her former fiancé at a South Side hospital Monday was a fun go-getter and talented physician, according to friends and relatives. Dr. Tamara O’Neal, 38, was one of three people gunned down at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The others were a Chicago police officer and a first-year pharmacy resident. Speaking from the family’s La Porte, Indiana, home on Tuesday, O’Neal’s relatives recalled […]

  • Witness describes frantic scene at Mercy Hospital shooting: ‘She asked us not to leave her alone’

    CHICAGO — An eyewitness to Monday’s Mercy Hospital shooting watched a gunman kill his former fiancée outside the hospital where she worked. “The guy comes really quickly from behind the van and just pulls out a gun and shoots her six times before she even hits the ground,” said the witness, who asked not to be named. He was sitting in a van full of nursing home patients when the scene began to unfold outside Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at […]

  • Man shot by police on Chicago’s West Side: officials

    CHICAGO — Chicago police shot an armed man on the West Side following a chase Wednesday afternoon, officials said. According to the Chicago Police Department, a woman flagged down officers after a man shot into a vehicle and then tried to shoot her, too, around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Police chased the man from the 700 block of North Lawndale Avenue to the 600 block of North Central Park Avenue. That’s where an officer shot the suspect once in his abdomen […]

  • Man tried to stab driver in attempted River North carjacking: police

    CHICAGO — A homeless man was charged with trying to stab a man in River North on Saturday, police said. Darius Kaporavski, 39, was trying to pick up homeless people in his van to take them to his home to shower when he encountered a 32-year-old homeless man about 8 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Hubbard Street, according to the Chicago Police Department. The homeless man got into Kaporavski’s van and then attempted to stab him, police […]

  • Man dragged for 7 blocks by car in fatal hit-and-run on South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police are looking for a driver who’s responsible for a fatal hit-and-run on the city’s South Side. It happened just after 3 a.m. Tuesday near 79th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood. Police said a man was hit by a car as he crossed the street after leaving a Subway restaurant. The car struck the man and he was dragged underneath the car as it went eastbound on 79th Street for seven blocks. The victim […]

  • Groping, robberies reported near DePaul University

    CHICAGO — DePaul University is encouraging students to be cautious after a series of attacks were reported Wednesday afternoon. A public safety alert was emailed to students Wednesday regarding a robbery and two attempted robberies that occurred between 2:20 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. that day in the 900 block of West Fullerton Avenue. Chicago police said they only have one report from that time and address: A 19-year-old man told officers a man walked up to him, asked for a dollar […]

  • No Mega Millions winner, jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

    DES MOINES, Iowa — No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night’s drawing. The next drawing will be Tuesday. The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in U.S. history. The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on Jan. 13, 2016. The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing […]

  • Woman, 52, killed in Englewood hit-and-run

    **WARNING: Video may be disturbing to watch CHICAGO — One pedestrian was killed and another injured in an Englewood hit-and-run Thursday. A silver van struck the pedestrians in the 5600 block of South Racine Avenue about 11:20 a.m. Thursday, according to the Chicago Police Department. The van fled the scene. A 52-year-old woman was taken in critical condition to University of Chicago Medical Center where she later died. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as Connie D. Mangrum. A […]

  • 2 Will County sheriff’s deputies shot in drug bust; 2 charged

    JOLIET, Ill. — Two Will County sheriff’s deputies were wounded by gunfire Tuesday while trying to enter a Joliet home as part of a drug investigation. Kevin Waddell, 42, and Steven Johnson, 62, have been charged in the incident, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday as two deputies tried to execute a search warrant in the 200 block of Richards Street in Joliet. The deputies were trying to break through a rear door when someone inside fired four shots through […]

  • Lyft offers discount as fear over Rogers Park slayings keeps many inside

    CHICAGO — It’s been 10 days since someone shot two men execution-style with the same gun in Rogers Park. With no known connection between victims shot one day apart, the apparently random killings left an entire community on edge. The killer’s only noticeable characteristic is his walk, which was captured on surveillance footage from around the neighborhood. “I’m really eyeballing people that fit that description and then I kind of feel like I’m profiling, which I try not to do but […]