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About Marcel

Marcel was born on Chicago’s west side and grew up in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the southeast side.  The oldest of 5 children, he was raised by his father, a truck driver, and his mother, a postal worker.  At an early age he learned the value of hard work and determination. After graduating from Bowen high school he worked for two years while attending Kennedy – King Community College part-time to prepare himself for a four-year college. 

He enrolled at Eastern Illinois University where he continued to work to pay for his education and earned a bachelors degree in Journalism - the first college graduate in his family.  After working as a reporter for the Decatur Herald and Review, he was accepted into the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois – Springfield where he earned his masters degree. 

After a brief stint as a reporter for the St. Louis-Globe Democrat, he was hired as a Public Information Officer for the State of Illinois.  Later he was employed as the copy desk editor at the Chicago Daily Defender.  He left the Defender to join the Chicago Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, academy instructor and spokesman in their News Affairs Office. 

Since leaving the police department he worked as Stroger Hospital's Director of Public Affairs, Chief of Staff for the 3rd Ward Alderman and Director of Public Relations at the tech firm ShopperTrak.  He currently is a spokesman for FEMA.

Marcel still lives in Calumet Heights with his wife Morena.  He has three children:  Lakeita, Norman and Hillary.

In his spare time Marcel has coached youth football (13 seasons) and participated in Real Men Read. 




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