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.

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    Matthew McConaughey gives UT students safe ride home in golf cart

    AUSTIN, Texas — Matthew McConaughey is making sure some college students at his alma mater get home all right, all right, all right. The Oscar winner took a turn behind the wheel of a golf cart on the University of Texas campus Monday night to raise awareness about a program to ensure students don’t have to walk home alone. The university’s student government posted a video showing students’ delighted reaction to seeing the actor pull up. McConaughey also took time […]

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    Holiday adoption event clears out Humane Society of Indianapolis

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    Young man raises money to help homeless in Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — A young man is raising money to give back to the homeless in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. When Lucas Virella was in high school at Lane Tech High School a few years back, he started a project he calls Help the Homeless. He raises money, then goes shopping for winter clothing, and also fills bags with granola bars, first aid materials and more. Then he hands them out to the homeless in the humboldt park area at […]

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    Everything you need to know about tonight’s Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

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