Marcus Leshock
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Since September 2013, Marcus Leshock is a regular contributor to the Early Morning Newscasts each day from 4-6 pm. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who joined WGN-TV as a feature reporter in 2009. He previously featured all of the interesting people, places, and trends around the Chicagoland area on WGN Evening News. Food, fashion, technology, social media, sports, entertainment, and news - if Chicago is talking about it, it's been on his "Leshock Value" segment.

Before joining WGN, Marcus was the host of "Metromix on CLTV," a nightly entertainment show focusing on movies, music, fashion, food, and pop culture. His reporting and hosting has taken him all over the world, hosting travel specials from Napa Valley, California to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Marcus is also very active online and on social media. You can follow his constant updates in the field on Twitter (@MarcusLeshock), Facebook (, and YouTube ( where his video features, celebrity interviews and movie reviews have generated more than 7 million views.

Marcus has won four Emmy awards for his reporting and hosting work. He was named CLTV's Employee of the Year in 2008, as well as WGN's Employee of the Month in April of 2010. He was named Northern Illinois University's Distinguished Journalism Alumni of the Year in 2010.

Marcus earned both a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from NIU; while in school, he worked at the Northern Star newspaper where he edited "The Weekender" entertainment section, as well as contributing entertainment reports at the Northern Television Center.

He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at DePaul University's College of Communication.

When Marcus isn't working, he's at home with his wife chasing their two children around the house and loving every minute of it.

Recent Articles
  • Stanley Cup visits Evanston Hospital patients

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Past and current patients of Evanston Hospital got a surprise visitor Tuesday. Lord Stanley stopped by to spread some good cheer. One patient, 4-and-a-half month old Calvin Tietz, looked quite cute sitting in the bowl of the cup. Katie Michalak’s twin boys were born at Evanston Hospital in 2013, so they got a second chance to sit in the cup.      

  • Watch how one Chicago art student changed the way people look at the homeless

    When Ian Todd moved to Chicago from a small town, the first thing that struck him was the amount of homeless people on the city’s streets. In an effort to try to help these people, Todd began redesigning their signs as a project for the art school he was attending. Seeing the signs changes the way people look at and interact with the homeless, and though Todd has since graduated and moved to California, his work is still making a […]

  • Paris Hilton airplane prank, Apple Interns paid $80K

  • Techweek wraps up in Chicago

  • What is Broga? Marcus and Demetrius found out

    You can check out Broga at Xsport Fitness. For more details head to:  

  • ‘It’s kinda surreal': Woman on surviving tornado with newborn, family

    COAL CITY, Ill. – Heather Popovich and her family hid in a closet under the stairs in their home as storms ripped through their neighborhood. She has a newborn infant. “We all just kinda hung out and hoped for the best,” Popovich said on the phone during a live interview. After the storms had passed, Popovich and her family were able to open the closet and leave out the front of their house. She said her neighbors had a generator, […]

  • Where to check for online tornado damage, relief updates

    Marcus Leshock has updates on where to go for more information and updates on the damage done during last night’s storms and how you can help.

  • Photo credit: Dietrich Zeigler | WGNTV

    Chicago celebrates Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win with parade, rally

    CHICAGO –The city of Chicago celebrated the Blackhawks’ third Stanley Cup win in six years with a parade and rally. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville took the stage at the Chicago championship rally to fans yelling “Q” at Soldier Field. Quenneville told fans he’s “never been more proud of a team” then he has been of this year’s Stanley Cup-winning squad. Before Quenneville spoke, the crowd cheered for past members of the Blackhawks, including Bobby Hull, Denis Savard and Tony Esposito. […]

  • Early morning WGN interview with Hawks fan gets late night fame

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock’s early morning interview with a Blackhawks fan has gone viral. It even captured the attention of late night television hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. Watch the hilarious clip in the video player above. ORIGINAL VIDEO: This man’s reaction to Blackhawks win is the best we’ve heard  

  • Bike Week: Marcus rides the #BikeDesk


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