Marcus Leshock

Marcus Leshock is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who joined WGN-TV as a feature reporter in 2009. Since September 2013, Marcus has been a regular contributor to WGN Morning News each day from 4-6 am. Prior to WGN Morning News, Marcus’ “Leshock Value” segments aired on WGN Evening News, featuring the latest on food, fashion, technology, social media, sports, entertainment and news.

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 have generated millions of 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 Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication from NIU. While at NIU, he worked at the school’s newspaper, Northern Star, where he edited “The Weekender” entertainment section. He also contributed 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
  • Volunteers rescue injured birds that have crashed into Chicago buildings

    CHICAGO – Did you know that every morning a large group of volunteers walks the Chicago Loop looking to rescue birds that have collided with Chicago buildings? Hoping to nurse the injured birds back to health, Annette Prince, the director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, and several other volunteers, collect the injured birds and take them to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, where they help give these birds a second chance. “It’s so rewarding to know that we […]

  • Dad wears special Pokemon tie to son’s high school graduation

    When Dylan Olivo was in first grade, he made a Pokemon tie for his father. Now Dylan is 18, and graduating from high school. On his son’s big day, his father surprised him by wearing the tie. #TodaysWinner could be Dylan Olivo's Dad who wore a tie his son had made in 1st grade to his graduation 11 years later! #AllTheFeels — Jo and Sparky 📻 (@joandsparky) June 5, 2017 A photo of the father and son was posted […]

  • 10-year-old cancer survivor rides ‘The Joker’ with Marcus Leshock

    GURNEE, Ill. — WGN’s Marcus Leshock had the opportunity to test out a new ride with a 10 year-old who’s braved the scariest of roll coasters as well as cancer. Brandon Otte, from Shorewood, Illinois, is in remission after being diagnosed with Langerhand cell histicytosis (LCH), a rare form of cancer, and having a brain tumor removed just last year. Marcus had the opportunity to accompany him on his first ever “Raging Bull” ride in the middle of his battle last […]

  • Parents launch #MissinginManchester Twitter campaign to find missing children

    MANCHESTER — Parents are trying to locate their missing teens with help from social media after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The Twitter hashtags “Missing in Manchester” and “Manchester Missing” are being used to track down loved ones. No matter what your politics are, please help reunite these lost kids with their families. #Manchester — lucyhuang (@LucyHuang_) May 23, 2017 Olivia Campbell, 15, is among the missing. She went the to concert last night with […]

  • Chicago woman takes on NASA and wins, now selling awarded moon dust for $4 million

    It was one of the biggest moments in history; the Apollo 11 mission of 1969 brought man to the moon. There were also a few things that came back with the astronauts. While there, Neil Armstrong collected some moon dust and placed it in a bag. Turns out NASA forgot about the bag over time and accidentally auctioned it off with other space related objects for a little less than a thousand dollars. Nancy Lee Carlson, a Chicago area attorney, bought […]

  • Giant origami exhibit at the Morton Arboretum

    The Morton Arboretum always has something unique on display. This season, they’re celebrating a traditional Japanese art form. The new origami exhibit opens this weekend. They will have live performances and activities inspired by Japanese culture.  Look for those events in the children’s garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more details

  • Author Marie Kondo demonstrates the KonMari method, the Japanese art of decluttering

    Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, walks WGN through the KonMari method, a practice in cleaning up that roots itself in joy. Kondo’s newest book, Spark Joy is also available in stores.

  • Take a ride on the ‘Top Thrill Cubster’ coaster renamed after World Series bet

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cubs fans from all over the Midwest are headed to Cedar Point – an amusement park just an hour away from Cleveland – to celebrate their team after the amusement park’s signature ride was renamed to honor the World Champions. It all started with a bet. According to Cedar Point’s head of Public Relations Tony Clark, they made a bet with Six Flags Great America that if the Cubs beat the Indians, they had to make a […]

  • Actors flip Chicago homes to help communities thrive

    CHICAGO —    Two Hollywood actors concerned over Chicago’s growing crime and housing crisis – are using their passion for real estate to help flip the lives of residents on the city’s south side. Colin Egglesfiled grew up in Crete, Illinois. He and San Diego native Tyler Neitzel are the co-founders of Stage 2 Properties. Their mission is to take empty homes on the South Side of Chicago and bring them back to life. The two work with Bill Ashcraft, the […]

  • WGN reporter first to ride new roller coaster at Santa’s Village

    DUNDEE, Ill. — WGN’s Marcus Leshock explored the country right in our own backyard again Wednesday. He headed out to Santa’s Village, where they are opening their biggest attraction yet. It has been six years since Santa’s Village reopened its doors. Visiting the park is a Chicago tradition that dates back to 1959. Now, it is home to the 35-ft tall Super Cyclone. The roller coaster’s parts are imported from Europe, but Santa’s Village workers assembled it, with assistance from Italian […]